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!