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Shot an 86 today with two 4 putts and 4 three putts!


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86 is one of my better rounds of the year. I'v never broken 80. But, how I did it killed me. To have putted so poorly, it hurt. On two different holes I hit a GIR and 4 putted! I hit the practice green immediately, and even played a few extra holes to iron the kinks out. I know I can putt better, but it didn't happen today. The upside is that I did birdie two of the three par fives with tap ins after good eagle attempts. It would appear the long putts really hurt me, having left all of them short. (Long takeawaway leading to a deceleration or bottoming out the putter on the down swing) I seem to be putting well inside of six feet which is where most of my putts are. I guess I need to add lag putting to my practice? I need a bigger living room! :~(
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If you four putted, that just screams distance control to me. That could be the greens got faster on you, or your stroke tempo is off. My distance control sucks when i jab at the ball and don't keep things smooth. I putt best when i just let things go and the putter moves evenly through out the putt.

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Very similar to my round Sunday. Shot 96, my 2nd ebst round ever, with 44 putts. I'm not a great putter, but I usually average 36-38, so was very frustrating. I had two holes in a row where I hit GIR in 2 and then 4 putt. I also drove the green in 2 on a par 5 for the first time ever, then proceeded to 3 putt. Encouraged by my ballstriking, but frustrating cause I could've possibly broken 90.

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86 is one of my better rounds of the year. I'v never broken 80. But, how I did it killed me. To have putted so poorly, it hurt. On two different holes I hit a GIR and 4 putted! I hit the practice green immediately, and even played a few extra holes to iron the kinks out.

I know I can putt better, but it didn't happen today. The upside is that I did birdie two of the three par fives with tap ins after good eagle attempts. It would appear the long putts really hurt me, having left all of them short. (Long takeawaway leading to a deceleration or bottoming out the putter on the down swing)

I seem to be putting well inside of six feet which is where most of my putts are.

I guess I need to add lag putting to my practice? I need a bigger living room!



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On the practice greens before my rounds, my warmup is always distance control. I will walk off 3,5,7,9,11 full strides and putt three balls from all of those lengths. My goal is to get all of those putts within a foot past the hole. Tapatalking, sorry for typos and autocorrect.
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I had a similar 85 today.  I was +12 after 8 holes, and only +3 after that. ....and I didn't hit a single fairway on the course. (Excellent mid-irons - terrible driver)

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Sometimes the opposite happens.  Yesterday I could not hit a ball to save my life.  My timing was off.  I played the front 9 of a hard course (135 slope) in 45 with 13 putts (which is good for me).

Still waiting for that day when it ALL works!


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yesterday i shot a 79 on a par 71 with 26 putts. lol if i could get on the damn green in reg i'd be dangerous!!!

as angry as you are with your putting, that's me with my approaches...esp b/c i don't know why i miss?

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Take 3 practice swings while looking at the hole your eyes will tell you how hard to swing then set up to the ball and putt.

I Learned this from a PGA Master Professional.

I'm not completely opposed to the idea, but it represents a major change for me. 3 years ago I read Putt to Win and have been using Stockton's no practice putt approach to putting. On a side note, I don't practice enough. After that round I put in some time and have seen much better putting. Not to make excuses, but the course in question has a practice green that is only two years old and is way too slow leaving me to often avoid it as it does not represent the greens on the course. I just wish I had the putting that day. It would have been nice to break 80 so early in the year.

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