I wish I had researched this topic prior to my round at Windermere Golf and Country Club (Windermere) in Muskoka, Ontario. The awesome course had postage stamp greens, but many they were a challenge for my game. The greens were twice as fast as I normally play and I would be a liar to say I was able to adjust my game prior to teeing it up. More to follow on my round at Windermere later in the week. Back to putting on fast greens; there is a way to adjust and for some reason I was not really thinking about this as I let the excitement of playing a fantastic course. Regardless, I figure I would offer some tips for putting on fast greens because I sure could have used them last Sunday.
Putting is a very personal aspect of my golf game; as I am sure it is for your game. I consider myself a strong putter, but I realized that I have limitations as I experienced last Sunday at Windermere. I could make many excuses as to why I did not adjust well to the fast greens, but that would be considered whining. Basically, I forgot to focus on adjusting and that is my mistake. But to learn from my error, I thought I would share this video I should have researched before I played.
I have to make it very clear that Windermere was not at fault for my failure on the greens. I made a mental mistake by not focusing on putting their fast greens. I knew that I was playing on faster greens because my first practice putt rolled 8 feet past the pin on a 10 foot putt. What I did wrong was try to shorten my putting stroke without accounting for things like grip pressure and hitting the ball off the toe of my club.
On a side note, I three putted 9 times during our 27 holes. Yup, I was on fire…..haha. Truthfully, I was not annoyed at all because I was grateful to be playing with my friend Mike. It was a glorious day and Mikes company made it that much more enjoyable.
Putting on faster greens than your norm takes effort to accustom your short game to the changes. It is easily achievable if I focus on preparing on fast greens. I consider this as a lesson learned and I will do better next time.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!