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REALLY Need Putting Help 10 GIRs and not a single Par

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Yet another disappointing round yesterday.... iron and driver were excellent ... i shot 10 GIR's but not a single par... total score 102 which had ...... 58 PUTTS !!!!!!! help pls 

post #2 of 137
practice, practice, practice... Better putting is a matter of 6 inches. The distance of brain between your ears.

You will now probably be inundated with all kinds of advice that will confound and confuse. get to the course earlier and practice putting to get a good feel for the greens. A few short ones that make that noise as the ball falls in the cup will help your confidence. Then go out and stripe the drive, hit the green... relax and stroke that putt.
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Originally Posted by RayG View Post

practice, practice, practice... Better putting is a matter of 6 inches. The distance of brain between your ears.

You will now probably be inundated with all kinds of advice that will confound and confuse. get to the course earlier and practice putting to get a good feel for the greens. A few short ones that make that noise as the ball falls in the cup will help your confidence. Then go out and stripe the drive, hit the green... relax and stroke that putt.

So you don't think set up or stroke helps putting at all? I recently learned what having my eyes over the ball while putting actually feels like and even when I miss putts now I still take pride in my roll.

To the OP do you read putts well and just hit bad or struggle at both? Figure out what the problem is and research, research, research and the practice a lot. I kept seeing to have my eyes over the ball so started bending over more and didn't work until I watched a PGA tour event and watched their backs and saw how bent over they actually were and realized I was not in that position. I went from standing darn near straight up with arms straight to bent over with arms bent intoy sides controlling the motion with my shoulders in the matter of 2 weeks and feel so much better. Also another "swing thought" I have is to remember if I put my hands on the grip correctly where ever my right hand ends up facing my putter head will be facing. That helps me follow through. Also if I ever have 58 putts in a round I would buy a new putter because my old one would be in pieces.
post #4 of 137
Practice is the only way to get better. That and knowing the greens you are playing on.

Here's a practice drill for ya. Start with #1. Do not move to #2 until #1 is complete

#1. 25 in a row from 3 feet.
#2. 20 in a row within a 3 foot circle from 20 feet
#3. 20 in a row within a 3 foot circle from 40 feet
#4. 25 in a row from 5 feet.

That should keep you busy for a few hours. a1_smile.gif
post #5 of 137
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Originally Posted by RayG View Post

practice, practice, practice... Better putting is a matter of 6 inches. The distance of brain between your ears.

 

Nah. True to some extent but… a limited extent.

 

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You will now probably be inundated with all kinds of advice that will confound and confuse.

 

Good putters do three things well:

  1. Hit the putts on-line.
  2. Hit putts the proper distance.
  3. Read greens well.

 

That's it. Work on one of those three things at a time and your putting improves.

post #6 of 137
Go get fitted for a putter. Its the best $$$$$ I've ever spent on golf. If the fitter is a decent guy like mine was he will even give you some help. Mine told me to keep my eyes over the ball and to stop my back swing shorter and follow through with speed. I had a problem with deceleration. I was using a putter that was to long which was causing me to keep the toe up. There's just a lot more to it than I ever had a clue about.
post #7 of 137
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Yet another disappointing round yesterday.... iron and driver were excellent ... i shot 10 GIR's but not a single par... total score 102 which had ...... 58 PUTTS !!!!!!! help pls 


Wow, I actually think you putt worse than me!

 

I just started to consistently manage less than 40 putts. Basically, I just play the course and got down to 36 to 38 putts per round from last month of around 42 with a peak of 48.

 

Try some par 3 courses so you can work on your short game. That has helped me much more than the practice greens.

post #8 of 137
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here is the problem i think. last time i played the same course , just 9 holes i had 15 putts , which i think is pretty decent, today on the same 9 i had 29 putts !!!!! same putter same greens .. .the issue was yesterday that  if i have to hit longer than 8-10 feet i miss the line all together, if i hit the line i leave em short or hit em way past the hole... i need some putting tips to make it consistent... maybe the much slower watered down greens today caused this issue...?

post #9 of 137
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Originally Posted by whatwoodtigerdo View Post

 Also if I ever have 58 putts in a round I would buy a new putter because my old one would be in pieces.

Almost was but the thing that saved it was the previous round same course i had 15 putts in 9 holes :)

post #10 of 137
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Originally Posted by achadha7 View Post

here is the problem i think. last time i played the same course , just 9 holes i had 15 putts , which i think is pretty decent, today on the same 9 i had 29 putts !!!!! same putter same greens .. .the issue was yesterday that  if i have to hit longer than 8-10 feet i miss the line all together, if i hit the line i leave em short or hit em way past the hole... i need some putting tips to make it consistent... maybe the much slower watered down greens today caused this issue...?

This is confusing.You stated that you putt like a pro on one day, then three putted all of the same holes but the two you 4 putted? And you did this twice in one round for 58 putts?

I can't even imagine doing that. That's a lot of putts.
post #11 of 137
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This is confusing.You stated that you putt like a pro on one day, then three putted all of the same holes but the two you 4 putted? And you did this twice in one round for 58 putts?

I can't even imagine doing that. That's a lot of putts.

WELCOME TO MY WORLD!!!!!! 

the first day the greens were fast and great, yesterday they were watered down and SLOW SLOW SLOW so needed a firmer longer putting stroke to go the distance.... this threw me off really bad the firmer longer putting stroke was trowing off my line or i was leaving em short of going way way past the hole ... 

post #12 of 137

Try this. It helped me a lot. Its great for alignment etc.

 

 

post #13 of 137

key is the backswing/takeaway ... practice in your living room & work on a nice SLOW deliberate tempo on the backswing.     Make sure you're taking it back nicely, then come through with FIRM wrists and hold the follow through.      For me, when I'm on the course with a 4 footer, I just say to myself ... here's a livingrooom putt I've made a million times - and they're starting to go in with regularity now.

 

Also, I've had probably a half dozen putters & finally I seem to have found one that suits my eye and just works.    I think finding the right putter is half the battle ...

post #14 of 137
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Originally Posted by achadha7 View Post
 

here is the problem i think. last time i played the same course , just 9 holes i had 15 putts , which i think is pretty decent, today on the same 9 i had 29 putts !!!!! same putter same greens .. .the issue was yesterday that  if i have to hit longer than 8-10 feet i miss the line all together, if i hit the line i leave em short or hit em way past the hole... i need some putting tips to make it consistent... maybe the much slower watered down greens today caused this issue...?

@achadha7 ,

 

I recommend reading the follow two books:

 

 "The Art of Putting" by Stan Utley 

 

  Unconscious Putting: Dave Stockton's Guide to Unlocking Your Signature Stroke 

 

There is a lot of insight on set up technique and mental approach.  They are easy reads and I enjoyed them both. 

 

Next, take a video of your putting and post it in the Member Swings section (from behind and face on).  This section is not just for full swings.  We may see some areas for improvement in your set up and stroke.

 

Third, practice the 3 things @iacas noted. 

 

  1. Hit the putts on-line. - Easy drill is to find a flat area on the green or practice mat.  Put a ball 1 foot away and putt a ball to hit the other ball dead center, repeat 3 times.  Move it to 2 and 3 feet, etc.  You can do the same thing with the string drill noted above, but this one is quicker to do and you can do it before a round to calibrate yourself.
  2. Hit putts the proper distance. - Lag putt drill - pace off 10, 15, 20 etc feet and put a tee in the green.  Putt so as to pass the tee by a foot.  Do this uphill and downhill on mostly straight putts.  I find it better to not aim for the same tee more than once in a row.  You only have one shot while playing, so practice one shot.
  3. Read greens well. - I always recommend AimPoint.

 

Lastly, I play a short game practice method called One Ball.  Throw a ball off the practice green and pitch/chip it up toward a target hole or tee.  Your objective is to get up and down or have a max of two putts.  I work my way around the practice green with uphill, downhill and side hill approach shots.  It is fun because it is not boring repetition.

post #15 of 137

Draw a line all the way around the center of a golf ball. When you putt it true, that line will roll end over end. If that line wobbles you're not taking the putter back and through on the proper path.

 

When I start putting bad, I sole the putter too heavily. When I do this I have to pick the putter up ever so slightly to start my stroke and thats not good. Make sure it's just barely touching the ground

or even hover it just barely off the ground if you can.

post #16 of 137

one more thing that has dramatically helped me get my putting in order recently - is that for putts under 8-10  ft or so, I'll walk to the back side & take a quick look at the break, noticing the slope as I walk.   I'm conscious to not belabor this & do it quickly to not slow down play.    The behind look really helps - for me, no point taking the time to do it for longer lag putts, as it would take too much time to walk that far away.      I would highly recommend taking a back side look for the short ones - it's worth the few seconds it takes.

post #17 of 137
Thread Starter 

Thanks all. 

I will post the swing in the next couple of days. with the stroke on an artificial green do ?

post #18 of 137
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Lastly, I play a short game practice method called One Ball.  Throw a ball off the practice green and pitch/chip it up toward a target hole or tee.  Your objective is to get up and down or have a max of two putts.  I work my way around the practice green with uphill, downhill and side hill approach shots.  It is fun because it is not boring repetition.


I do this also. I see little benefit to practicing the same 15 footer over and over again. Use one ball, try to putt in two or less from each practice green hole to the next.

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Thanks all. 
I will post the swing in the next couple of days. with the stroke on an artificial green do ?


Absolutely.
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