How melodramatic of me to think that this early in the season I need to worry about my putting. During my last round, I only putted 29 times with no 3 putts. But that was not the good news that I need to embrace moving forward. What has me excited is that my touch returning. You know, that feeling in our hands, shoulders, and swinging motion that allows us to make great judgement calls on the green. Regardless of how long the putt, when my touch is on I feel I can sink a putt every time. There is no doubt that having my touch back is a great sign for my golf game.
Just about every video I watched on touch and feel dealt with distance control. I believe that this fundamental is very important to have the ball going in the hole. However, I think there is a bit more to the putting process that deals with touch than just distance control.
I equate touch to a rhythm I have when standing over all that starts after my pre-shot routine. It starts with how the club feels in my hands, the locking of my wrists and shoulders, and the movement of the club head. There is a sort of balance I feel when all is going well from the start and finish of my putting stroke. I am not struggling with any part of my process.
I am not sure I describing my rhythm properly. Everything about my putting process feels in sync. Nothing is out of kilter. When this happens (and it happens often) my putting is what I consider to be solid and reliable. There is a flow to my actions and all of them work together to produce a confidence I only have when my touch is in place.
So what does all of this mean, I am expecting my putting average to drop below 30 and hopefully hover around 28 putts per round for most of my year. This is an ambitious goal, but when my putting touch is in place any thing can happen.
Do you have a putting touch?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!