I hate to admit it, but I three putt from time to time. Yup, I know it is hard to belief that a four handicap player commits the cardinal mistake to three jacking on the green. It is a disgrace and I should be thrown off the course when I do! Well, that is how I feel in my head, but in reality I do not know of any golfer who does not three putt from time to time. The trick is not to make a habit of it and I believe I have accomplished that goal.
During my last round yesterday, I shot my first three putt in four rounds. I rolled the ball very well of late and the results showed on my score card. In my most recent case of putting faux pas, I was 35 feet from the pin (very poor approach shot) and hammered the ball 15 feet past the pin. To my defense (and no I am not making excuses) I tried to navigate the multiple patch spots on the green and failed miserably.
As a result, my ball sailed smoothly over all the bumpy areas and did not lose any momentum heading to the pin. As my ball waved at the pin as it cruised by, I was thinking I made such a poor putt…..what was I thinking. In reality, I was not thinking because I let an easy par slip to the wayside because of my aggressive putt. Oh well, that is the nature of my game these days and I hope not to repeat this mistake…..ever!
I generally use the three foot rule when lag putting. The closer the better, but any lag putt outside of three feet is considered a poor putt in my books. This is an important skill to master and I believe I am better than average. I am not bragging, but I work on this skill and over the years lag putting has saved many of my golf scores.
Regardless of how profieicent of putter you are, I think I can speak for all golfers when I say that three putting is the worst! None of use can stand three putting from any distance. However, when it does happen I will blame something else because it cannot be me……right? 😉
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!