Hmmm...that does sound bad. I guess I was coming at this from more of a consistent action that everyone must deal with on a regular basis. Putting is always tough - no doubt about that - but the situation you described should not happen at every hole. Driving, like putting, is pretty much required at every single hole.
You might be surprised how often you get this crappy lie next to a green, especially after you get good enough contact to reach greens in regulation and just enough aiming ability to be a hazard to yourself.
Putting I think is rough until you learn to regulate your swing. All I mostly think about when I putt now is.. if my backswing is 8 inches, then I should swing 8 inches past the ball. If it's 4 inches back then it's 4 inches through the ball. It was awkward at first but I'll tell you what.. swinging 5 inches back and then 10 inches through to power a shot across a large green makes for an accuracy nightmare imo.