Anytime we hit the green there is an expectation that we have a chance to sink the putt. It really does not matter how far the putt has to travel to the pin, all golfers think there is a chance. I feel that most of the time I putt well regardless of the distance. Well, to be fair, the longer the putt, the less likely the chance I will make the putt. This fact is nothing new, but I think there is a certain aspect of putting that is often overlooked when dealing with long putts. It is not a secret, but I think many players forget to invoke the simple rule of long putting.
Arnold Palmer hit the nail on the head with the focus on putting is a make up of several things. Mostly, I think that experience drives my ability to putt. I have probably putted the ball over 20,000 times in my golfing career and each putt offers a bit knowledge that builds my wisdom. The natural gift is probably there, but that is something that critics can determine when I decide to hang up my sticks. Putting is the great equalizer and knowing how to apply our accumulative knowledge is an important key to success on the greens.
Other than working on my distance control through various drills, I really do not have any drills to improve my short game. Putting is one of those skills that requires constant attention to be considered a good putter. I understand that putting is a unique skill and every golfer must determine what works for them, but I have trick that will be helpful for every player!
That is my secret tip: hit the ball past the hole every time. Yup it is as simple as that. I guess it is a tip that be applied for every putt, but on 80 footers, it is critical. As my ball fell in the hole, on my first putt, on the first hole, it reminded me that hitting the ball past the hole is the most important factor of being a good putter. My words of wisdom about putting does not really go further than hitting the ball past the hole. As we all know, 100% of short putts do not go in.
Last Thursday I was playing Men’s Night with my regular crew at Mattawa Golf and Ski Course We were playing the first hole and we had an 80 foot putt for birdie. After watching my three team mates attempt to make the putt, I understood what I had to do to be successful. I had to make sure I hit my ball past the hole.
As you can see, the longer the putt, the slightest deviation in the putter face will cause us to miss the putt. At 80 feet, I would estimate that .002 off center would cause us to miss either side of the cup. In my case, I was at 0° off center, thus my ball dropped because I hit the ball past the hole. So, my thoughts of hitting the ball past the hole all the time is key to great putting.
I am sure there are many other tips for hitting from a distance, but I will stick with mine. A putt cannot go in if it never makes it to the hole. Trust me on this; it is 100% true.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!