Does Good Putting Make a Difference in Golf

If you ask any pundit, they will recommend every golfer to practice putting. It is a game changer and considered the great equalizer. Most days, I would agree with that statement, however yesterday I found that my putting let me down. I did not three putt at all, but for some reason, I could not get the ball to drop.

During my early bird round yesterday, I shot a solid 73. This is a 2 over par score with 2 bogeys and 16 pars. By all accounts, I was thrilled with the score, yet I was disappointed with the score at the same time.

The reason for my disappointment was my putting. Just under half of my strokes were on the green. I putted 35 times! This is 5 over my average and 7 over my expectations for any round of golf. For some reason I could not get the ball to drop. I lipped out 7 times and on several occasions I thought the ball was going to drop into the heart of the cup only to watch it roll away. It was actually very frustrating.

I hit 15 greens in regulation. Of the three misses, two were caused by very poor second shots leaving me in difficult up and down locations. Both resulted in bogeys. The other miss was very routine and as a result I was able to get up and down for par.

I do have to say that my ball striking was the best of the year. I was on in regulation on every green on the front and two putted each green. My ball is in the fairway after every tee shot and my approach shots ranged from 175 yards to 50 yards. Regardless, I would hit the ball pure and end up on the green. So, this is why I was disappointed with my putting.

For some reason I could not get the ball to drop on my first putt. The closest shot was 10 feet on 3 greens and I did not convert any of them. Even though I had a fantastic scoring round, my putting let me down and I left many shots out there. My putting was not the great equalizer yesterday, it was the weak part of my game.

I am not complaining, but disappointed. I had a great opportunity to shoot under par for the first time this year and I let it slip away. Oh well, I guess there is always tomorrow. Have you ever had days like the one I described?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

16 thoughts on “Does Good Putting Make a Difference in Golf

  1. Nice ball striking round Jim, I’ve had loads of rounds like that, hitting 14,15,16,17, greens in regulation and still shooting over par, then I’ve had days were I’d hit maybe 9,10, or 11 greens and shoot in the 60s when you play well you just don’t get the score you deserve, I’ve never hit all 18 greens yet but when that day comes I want 30 putts at most, good man Jim enjoyed the fact that all golfers have similar problems!
    Padraig

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  2. Reading this, I am reminded of your article the other day about slumps. If it were me, I’d blame it on tempting the golf gods by talking about the possibility of a slump coming up. It’s never good to tempt the golf gods. They love to punish us.

    Seriously though, great round. From the sound of it, I’d say you’re on the right track. Stay on course and the rewards will come.

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  3. Good round for sure. Making all the short par putts are a positive and sometimes the holes are put in a weird angle for your birdie chances.

    I understand the disappointment. I played a 4 person scramble recently and 3 of us lipped out a 20ft, right to left putt. If we were at a different angle to the hole we’d have an easier putt.

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  4. Something interesting I have found in my life of golf: On days when I hit lots of greens like you did, I tend to not make as many putts as when I am scrambling. On a scrambling day, I might make a handful of 10-footers to save par, but those same putts don’t always drop for birdie. My theory is that birdie putts are tougher to read, because it is your first shot on that green. When you have a 10-footer for par, you usually hit and watched a chip roll across the green at some point, making the par putts easier. Just a theory. Golf is also a game of luck at times and your lucky day will come. Keep playing well.

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  5. Hi Jim, fabulous round, nice one.
    I can imagine the putting frustration, feeling it could have been even better, I take my hat off to you for sharing your thoughts in this way. Feeling disappointment at ‘what could have been’ is normal and I’d be the same I’m sure. I hope verbalising the disappointment helps it diminish quickly!
    One simple question, would you have done anything different to prepare for the 7 lip outs had you chance to do them again? Once it has left the putter head it’s out of your control anyway but if you followed your usual pre-putt process to a tee and put a good stroke on it on the line you chose, then I would say it is still a good putting day.
    I try not to focus too much on how many putts I took but more on how many times I followed my process exactly and didn’t waver. Don’t get me wrong, I feel so much better if many of them drop and would no doubt be a little p’d at 7 lip outs, however in the calmness of reflection I’d be happy if I had a 100% ‘made the stroke as planned’ day.
    All the best for your next round Jim, let us know when you go sub par!
    Swing easy!
    Paul at Team Blind Apple

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  6. Jim, since you were around the hole on your first putts I’d suspect there was nothing wrong with your putting. Just a day when they didn’t drop. It’s a small target and a lot has to go right for putts outside of 10 feet to go in. Good ball striking day though, keep it up!

    Brian

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    • Brian

      Thanks for the kind words. I was around the hole all day. I am not overly disappointed, but my opportunity to break par was right there….just wanted to reach that goal for 2017. Hope you are playing well this weekend.

      Cheers
      Jim

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      • Jim, I enjoyed a good day of practice yesterday, albeit at two different courses. Will find out shortly if it can translate into some good play today.

        BTW, your post reminded me of M.A. Jiminez’s comments post round yesterday, did you see? He hit 16 greens, took 30 putts, shot 67 and was concerned that his putting had him losing ground to the leadears. LOL! It’s all in the perspective.

        Thanks,

        Brian

        Brian

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      • Brian

        I did not see it, but I will go look. Thanks. You know the old saying, “perception is reality”. This applies to a persons perspective as well. Thanks for pointing out the comments and play well today. Keep focused and remember to have fun.

        Cheers
        Jim

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  7. Golf, as they say, is a game of fine margins. On those seven lipped out putts, the margins must have been very fine indeed. On that day, things just fell on the wrong side of them and there’s not much to be done about that. Your putting was in fact pretty good to get so close so often. So enjoy the fact that the golfing gods allowed you to perform well in the other aspects of your game! Cheers, Rob.

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    • Rob

      Thanks for the support and positive comments. I agree, however like all golfers, I want the to be on the winning side of the margin all the time. I will say that my ball striking was the best it has been in a very long time. Hope you are hitting the links today.

      Cheers
      Jim

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