I have noticed an increase in putting from off the green on the PGA Tour. It might be something I have recently noticed, yet many professionals are using the flat stick more and more when playing from 5 to 10 yards from the green. Mostly, they putt when the pin is short sided to their location and the putter gives them that delicate touch needed to have a chance sinking their shot. This particular shot is not one I use unless my ball is on the fringe; putting from 5 or 10 yards (regardless of where the pin is located) is not something I think about. How about you?
I have never really thought of putting from that far out primarily because I do not feel I would have the same touch to get the ball close. The short grass in front of the green would be okay, but unlike the courses the professionals play, my local course are not smooth enough to properly judge the role. If I was to putt from a distance, I would be afraid that this would happen more often than not:
On a side note, I am very familiar with the European players putting from off the green. This seems to be a shot they grew up with and use it very well. Using a putter for any distance from the green is actually foreign to my game.
I am not even sure I would know where to start. I guess it is something I have never thought to practice, so it is not a shot on my radar when playing. I tried finding a video that might help explain the how to putting off the green, but I could not find one that I thought would offer a reasonable explanation. So, you will have to find something if your are interested on pursuing this topic. For now, this is not a technique I am planning to purse.
This is where you, the reader, comes in to the conversation. Do you putt from off the green? If so, what is one or two tips you can offer to everyone who is interested in playing this type of shot. Thanks.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!