How many times have you hit the perfect putt only to graze the lip. It looked like your ball was heading for the center of the cup until it veers off at the last minute. Well, this unfortunate happenstance occurred no less than 5 times in my last round, talk about frustrating!
Not to brag, but I consider myself a fairly solid putter. I mean, you do not become a single digit handicapper without being able to hit the flat stick.
However, ever once in awhile, I struggle on the greens. I would consider my last round one of those times. As mentioned, I lipped out 5 times and still shot a 78. This challenge on the green turned a possibly great round into a mediocre one (remember scores are relative to the player). I actually spent sometime after the round trying to dissect why I was off by just 1° (this line was for Kevin and our discussion on speed vs line) 🙂
After my time spent focusing on introspection, I came up with the reason I missed so many putts today. Are you ready? Yeah, it made no sense.
I hit the ball too hard, too soft, and off-line slightly. Of the 5 putts that lipped the cup, none were consistently poor. So, since I feel that I hit the right putt, I will stack up my misfortune to ‘that is how the ball rolls’. It just happens sometimes and yesterday was my day to pay the fiddler.
Having said that, today I will continue using the same strategy as always; hit the ball past the hole and read the break appropriately. Now is not the time to panic, but the time to double down. I need stay the course and continue to use the putting technique that has proven to be successful over the past years.
My putting woes is actually a great lesson for most amateur golfers. Sticking with what works (regardless of what it is) is the right course of action most of the time. Changing course because of one poor round is like trying to catch rainbows. It might be fun at first, but fruitless over time. In my case, I need to continue using my grooved putting technique and expect the putts to drop during the next round.
Have you ever experienced similar putting woes?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!