“Don’t try too hard to hole every putt. A ‘must make’ attitude puts too much pressure on your stroke. Just do your best to get the correct line and speed and roll the ball at the hole on that line”. Ben Crenshaw
One of the most valuable lessons I ever learnt about putting is that, the statistics prove that no one is perfect, you are not going to make every putt.
When you think of all the factors that are out of your control like, green speed, quality of the putting surface, pitch marks and spike marks of the players who have been in the green before you, it’s no surprise that we miss putts.
Sometimes you hit good putts that are thrown off line and miss and sometimes bad putts that go in its just the nature of putting.
Then when you compare your statistic with the best players in the world who struggle just as much as we do sometimes, it starts to put things into perspective.
My point here is that you should look at the statistics of great putters and measure your performance accordingly, rather than being disappointed with yourself when you don’t make every putt you look at.
Here is a great video Peter Finch and Andy Gorman looking at how you can improve your mental and physical approach to putting. I highly recommend that you check out some of Peters other videos on his Youtube channel.
Don’t get me wrong, I am always trying to hole every putt but sometimes, you just must accept your miss and focus on what really matters, getting the next one in.
When I started to collect my putting stats, I soon realised that I was putting under par most of the time. The course designer gives you 2 putts on every green, 36 for a full round of 18 holes.
It’s very rare that I take more than 36 putts and I am often around the 30-putt mark, which gives me 6 shots up on the designer. I don’t beat myself up about missed putts anymore, which has really helped me relax and enjoy putting.
When I examined the PGA putting statistics I realised that I am putting as well as some of those guys. They only make 50% of their putts from 8ft and just over 60% from 6ft. So as a mere mortal who doesn’t have the time to practice like a tour player, if I make 1 in 3 of them I am doing well.
SAM PUTT TECHNOLOGY
One of the challenges I had over the years was constantly changing my putting grip and putters more often than is clever, if you want consistency.
I used to do all my practice on the putting green at the club and couldn’t seem to settle on any system, because my expectations were not realistic.
Thankfully I discovered the SAM Putt Lab System and an instructor who was well trained in its use. We could work through my stance, posture, balance and putting stroke, to maximise consistency. We also made sure that I had the best putter configuration, ensuring that I put a good stroke on the ball.
The technology gave me the confidence that I was on the right track and with some consistency in my system and practice, my putting improved enormously.
So, my advice to you is to work through my putting video course and then make an appointment with your local professional. Make sure they have access to the putting technology that will help you refine your set up, stroke and equipment. I promise you, it will have a significant effect on your ability to make more putts.
Here is a video link supplied by Peter Finch.
In this video andy Gorman uses the SAM PuttLab to analyse Peters stroke and see what improvements can be made. I would encourage you to check out Peters YouTube Channal to see some of his excellent video lessons.
I would also encourage you to spend some time practicing your biomechanics and stroke indoors on a putting mat. This enables you to practice without the distraction of green issues, break and speed, enabling you to concentrate on the detail.
You must also go the practice green and spend time practicing your green reading and distance control, if you want to transfer your new skills to the course.
I do hope that you have enjoyed reading this putting series of posts and found it informative. I would encourage you to look at our website: www.green2teegolf.com. We have put together some fantastic teaching videos looking at all aspects of golf improvement and would love for you to join us.
When you practice it’s important that you focus on;
- Specific skill
- With aids that provide instant feedback
- With a defined way of testing that you have gained or improved the specific skill
- With enough repetition to ensure that you can incorporate the skill into your putting system and take it to the green
To achieve this, it is important that you practice in a balanced way. Most of your practice say 70% can and should be conducted indoors on a putting matt. The focus should be on the mechanics of stance, posture, balance, grip and stroke.
When you go outside onto the practice green, focus on the art of putting. On green reading pace and distance control.
Practicing like this ensures that you use your time effectively and maximises skill acquisition and development.
I know that my programme would be helpful to anyone who wants to improve their game. The question you need to ask yourself is, can you trust me to help you? Visit www.green2teegolf.com and find out what we have to offer?