Originally Posted by The Recreational Golfer
My wife is a good athlete, but inexperienced at golf. I read the greens for her and tell her where to hit it. She does, and it goes in. She thinks that's really fun.
My wife also can really roll the ball. A few years ago I was practicing my putting down a line on our rug in the living room with a coin at the other end and thought I was doing pretty good but I noticed there was about an inch of break in the putt. (Didn't surprise me because it's an old house).
My wife walked by and I told her to try it, and told her there was about an inch of break. She rolled the ball down the line and it didn't break at all. I had her do it a few more times and each time there was no break at all in her putts and each one of mine was breaking a little.
Then it occurred to me that she was simply rolling the ball a lot better than I was. That not only made me mad but sent me back to the drawing board with my putting. I got out all of my old putters and had a series of contests with them to see which putter would win the competition. After finding the winner I started to develop a system for practice and spent countless hours working on my stroke until every ball rolled down that line with no break. Part of the practice was to roll 5 balls with a line around them down that line with no wobble and trying to have each ball come to rest on the line, with the line on the ball on the line on the rug, and with each ball coming to rest touching the previous ball until all 5 balls are on the line and touching each other.
Not coincidentally I went from being a fairly decent putter to being a very good putter. If my wife hadn't walked by that day during my practice and rolled a putt down the line I would probably still be a mediocre putter.
One time my wife and I were playing in a 9 hole husband/wife scramble match and she kept rolling in putts. I didn't think much about it (because I'm used to her making them) but on the 9th green the guy on the other team looked at me and said "You don't ever putt do you?" Then it occurred to me that I hadn't putted yet in the match. Of course that jinxed her and she missed the putt and I finally had to make one, but 8 one putts in a row for someone that had just started playing golf (and only occasionally) was pretty good.