Putting can be the toughest challenge during any round. The speed of the greens, pin location, and our putting stroke are all factors that can turn a great ball striking day into a disastrous round. Some times how we putt is out of our control because of outside factors, yet sometimes we just putt poorly. I have played many rounds of golf in my day and as a result, I have racked up the strokes on just one hole. As discussed in earlier posts, three putts are the worst, putting more than that is down right devastating. And yet it happens!
I attempted to ask the question about the maximum number of putts a player made on just one hole. I had a variety of responses that indicated that putting can be very tough. Here is what you had to say:
I am trying to think back in my golfing journey and I think a 4 putt was the most. But, for full disclosure I probably picked up after 4 putts anyway. In recent years, say the last 20, four putts would be the maximum for sure. It rarely happens, but has happened.
I have played in a 54 hole tournament about 12 years ago and putted off the green 7 times during the event. The greens were lightning fast and some were severely sloped. Thinking back, I played the holes very poorly and should have played more defensively. I do remember shooting 80 each day on the first two days with 5 three putts. It was not pretty, but I was not the only one.
Of course there is poor Ernie Els and his six putt. But what about Rory McIlroy 4 putting two days in a row at the BMW Championship.
Poor putting on a hole or two happens to everyone. I do not have anything to say that will help these potholes that will help. I know I become very frustrated and it does take a hole or two get myself back on track…..if I even recover. Then the dreaded putting yips try to leap to the forefront of my game and those I try to beat back with a whip and chair. Unfortunately, once I mentally lose focus when putting, it is a severe challenge to recover.
On a side note, here is a great video about putting routine that I think is worth sharing. I use a very similar technique and find it very successful. I particularly like the point of having a putting routine and following it all the time. This is very important to avoiding the yips.
I hope you never experience anything more than a two putt. We know that is hope is unlikely, but at least is helps set a goal for future rounds. Regardless of how well you putt, remember to have fun and play well.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!