Yep, same here - even before it became the law.
Several years ago my wife's cousin rolled a car, totaling it. it was a self-induced, single car accident and she wasn't hurt (it occurred before texting was a thing). She hadn't been wearing a seat belt but when asked by the police, replied that she had. The police officer told her she would have died without it. Having known that ahead of time, I'm not sure why he had to ask.
Anyway, I've always wondered if that sort of misinformation is used for statistics. Obviously, it's easy to tell when there's a fatality if an occupant was buckled up or not, but those lucky enough to walk away from an accident are not going to tell the truth about not wearing one.
Oh, I worked like the Devil at my putting back in the day! When your tee to green game is lights out and you only score 1or 2 strokes under par consistently, it becomes obvious that you can't putt! So I resolved to work at it.
I developed the uncanny knack of rolling the ball on the perfect line to within 4 to 6 inches short of the cup! But, I didn't make any more birdies! So much for working at it.
I like the idea of realism, and realistic expectations. I golf with some guys who expect to make every 10 footer they see! I'm not sure, but I think the Tour average is somewhere between 30 and 40% on those! Why should we amateurs expect better?
And as far as the 3 foot circle goes, I once read an article that strongly contradicted this. It said to try to make every putt you look at. It corresponded to archery training. "Aim small, miss small!" Better to leave it a foot away rather than 3-4 feet! I'm just as liable to miss those as a 10 footer!