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Many of you have probably seen this challenge out there on social media or other forums or where ever. I've seen it a couple of times and a couple of variations. I thought it would be fun to challenge the TST members and see if any of you (more likely how many of you) can beat my best score at this. 

Here's the challenge:

Find a putting surface. Could be your putting mat, could be a real green, could be a carpet. 

Draw 2 lines 4 feet apart. I've used sharpie on my putting green, because my green is home made and it has lots of lines and dots and X's drawn on it already from other drills I like to do. But you could use 2 pieces of tape. You could just lay down 2 pieces of thread to make a line. What ever as long as you have a 4 foot putt set up with room for roll out.

  1. Putt one ball from behind the line, past the second line. 
  2. Putt another ball from behind the line, past the first ball. 
  3. Putt a third ball from behind the line, past the second ball. 
  4. Measure the distance from the third ball back to the second line. 
  5. Post your distance measured in this thread. Ideally, with a picture. 
  6. The shortest difference wins. 

Remember you have to hit each putt farther than the previous putt. You don't just get to hit three putts past the line.

In case that's confusing, here's a diagram to kind of show what I mean. 

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The best I was able to do in about 12 tries was 20 inches. 

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Try to beat my score.
Good luck. 

 

 

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  • iacas changed the title to An Indoor Putting Challenge for You All

Nice drill, I'll have to try it.

Speed control is typically my strong point in putting, but I pretty much never practice speed when putting indoors or on carpet. Inside I typically focus on mechanics line alignment, ball position, start line, etc then outside on an actual green I practice speed and green reading.

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I'll wait to post mine.

And I'll post my legit one. I got just under 4" by lightly bumping the second ball off the first and the third ball off the second. 😉

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1 hour ago, iacas said:

I'll wait to post mine.

And I'll post my legit one. I got just under 4" by lightly bumping the second ball off the first and the third ball off the second. 😉

I never thought of bumping them... 🤪

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5 hours ago, Denny Bang Bang said:

Had several where the first two balls were an inch apart, and then blew it on the 3rd haha.  Fun drill

Me too. Either that or I'd leave it short. Definitely harder for me than I thought it would be.

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Great drill, particularly during a blizzard! It took 5 tries, but I got just over 14". 

 

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6 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Me too. Either that or I'd leave it short. Definitely harder for me than I thought it would be.

Same for me; until I got the attempt that I pictured, I would mess up the third one. This is much harder than it looks and will become part of my indoor putting practice routine. Thanks @ChetlovesMerfor posting this challenge!

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8 hours ago, Bob M said:

Great drill, particularly during a blizzard! It took 5 tries, but I got just over 14". 

14 inches after only 5 tries. I'd say that's pretty darn good. 👍

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I have been practicing 8' putts lately.  My first attempt at this I couldn't keep one less than 7 feet. Here is my second try. If I try again I will probably not be able to keep them less than 7 feet again.

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5 hours ago, The Flush said:

I have been practicing 8' putts lately.  My first attempt at this I couldn't keep one less than 7 feet. Here is my second try. If I try again I will probably not be able to keep them less than 7 feet again.

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Hey, That looks like a BirdieBall putting green. Is it? 

 

1 hour ago, iacas said:

My first attempt today (literally five minutes ago), without any bumping.

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Ugh, I mean this as a compliment, but I hate you. 

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17 hours ago, iacas said:

My first attempt today (literally five minutes ago), without any bumping.

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Excellent grouping, but isn't that first one a little short?

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1 hour ago, Ty_Webb said:

Excellent grouping, but isn't that first one a little short?

No. The center of the ball is well past the 48" line.

If it was a piece of string, it would be past the string.

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13 minutes ago, iacas said:

No. The center of the ball is well past the 48" line.

If it was a piece of string, it would be past the string.

Agreed. Actually I'm not sure that first ball could be any better. ... Maybe a quarter inch. 

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