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Killer (Putting Game) or "Six Lives"

iacas

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I like this game.

Essentially:

  • You start with six balls.
  • You start from three feet.
    • You putt from three feet until you make a putt. If you make the putt, you take that ball and all remaining balls back three feet.
    • If you miss, that ball or "life" is lost.
  • Your "score" is the farthest distance at which you make a putt.

So for example:

  • Make from 3'. Six balls remain.
  • Make from 6'. Six balls remain.
  • Miss, miss, make from 9'. Four balls remain. Two lives lost.
  • Miss, make from 12'. Three balls remain, one life lost.
  • Miss, miss, miss from 15'. Your score is 12'.


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I just tried this 3 times tonight while practicing, best I got was 12 feet with 2 balls left but didnt get either to drop from 15 feet.

Definitely a fun way to add a little pressure to practice.

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Did this twice last night while practicing. Made from 9 feet the first time, couldn't sink the 12 foot putt. Second time, I made the 12 foot putt, but couldn't sink the 15 foot putt with two tries.

Good game. I added a notes page in my phone to track this, so I can compete against myself going forward.

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Did this again last night, this time I managed to get up to the 18 foot putt with 2 balls left, missed the first putt, sunk the second one, then missed from 21 feet. 

Made some putting grip and stroke adjustments with my evolvr coach and really like the results so far.

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I just returned from the putting green practicing this game.   I really like it.   It's a great warm up and forces one to concentrate on the putt since there are consequences for a miss.   I chose an uphill line since my biggest miss is short.  The first two times I only got 9'.   The third and final time I made 12.   My misses were close but not close enough. 

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Did this drill today. It was fun. Got to 15 feet with one ball left and drilled both the 15 and 18 foot putts! Couldn’t three peat at 21 feet though lol. 

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Got off work early so I gave this a try... I really underestimated how hard it would be after 9 feet. I got to 12 with 4 balls and missed 3 and made it to 15 with one ball and the pressure of having one ball got to me and i pushed the putt like 5 inches right of the hole. Definitely a good drill.

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1 hour ago, CarlSpackler said:

Has anyone who tried this missed a 3' putt? I think I will give this a try, but will start at 6'. I feel pretty good about 3 footers.

Yes.

Give yourself a hard 3 footer (downhill, breaking, or whatever). Don't skip it. 3 footers are longer than you think.

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1 hour ago, CarlSpackler said:

Has anyone who tried this missed a 3' putt? I think I will give this a try, but will start at 6'. I feel pretty good about 3 footers.

I believe it's still important to practice 3' putts.   It's also a thought process of going from 3' to 18' - 21'.   

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15 minutes ago, DeadMan said:

Yes.

Give yourself a hard 3 footer (downhill, breaking, or whatever). Don't skip it. 3 footers are longer than you think.

 

2 minutes ago, dennyjones said:

I believe it's still important to practice 3' putts.   It's also a thought process of going from 3' to 18' - 21'.   

The Separation Value (insert trademark logo thingy here) is very insignificant for a 3' putt, so I don't see the value in spending time on them. Game Golf suggests that practicing 10-33' putts can save up to 1.6 strokes per round. It certainly can't hurt I suppose.

Has anyone taken a video of themselves doing this?

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Spending, what, 15 seconds on one 3 foot putt is not a big deal. And this game is partially about the pressure of only having 6 balls.

Definitely don't spend much practice time on 3 footers, but don't skip them.

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50 minutes ago, DeadMan said:

Spending, what, 15 seconds on one 3 foot putt is not a big deal. And this game is partially about the pressure of only having 6 balls.

Definitely don't spend much practice time on 3 footers, but don't skip them.

Right, don't skip it. It's one putt.

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4 hours ago, CarlSpackler said:

Has anyone who tried this missed a 3' putt? I think I will give this a try, but will start at 6'. I feel pretty good about 3 footers.

Yes.  I counted it as a miss for purposes of the drill too.

If you feel pretty good about 3 footers, it shouldn't be a problem to make one.  

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