Day 80 (6/24/21) -
Chipping and Putting Practice - spent about 20 minutes on the practice green with my 58* wedge spot chipping to a target (my folded golf towel) 2,3 and 4 paces from the edge of the green, then hit 3 chips each to various holes trying to get the ball to within 4 feet of the hole (which I did about half the time). Then practiced lag putting, 3 balls each to different holes trying to get within 4 feet of the hole, which I did around 2/3s of the time.
Range practice - 9-3 swings using my 7 and 8 iron and a noodle station; small bucket. Focused on keeping the club face facing the ground on the downswing and making good contact.
Best part about this pit stop is that they did more than the pit stops in the videos above.
Not only did they change the tires, they also adjusted the front wing at the same time on both sides. All in under 2 seconds still.
If it was about skill, and if the green reading books made bad putters better than they otherwise would perform, we'd see the worst putters on tour being closer to the best putters because there is less of a skill gap between the two.
Instead we see that the gap between the best and the worst at putting has only grown larger since the widespread introduction of green reading books. This means they have not had any measurable impact on a player's ability to putt well, because it isn't allowing the worst putters on tour to keep up with the best like you would see if some part of the game took less skill suddenly.
I ignored the skill issue because claiming it's a matter of skill is patently ridiculous, and provably false. They can say whatever they like, doesn't mean a word of it is true.
I have been thinking of this for a bit now and it happened to me yesterday, where I hit only 2 of 4 par-5s in regulation. I am not sure what a realistic expectation for me should be. I feel I should be able to make routine pars on these, or at least routine GIRs. I try (I am not always successful, but I generally try) to not go for a pin from outside of 80 yards, focusing instead on getting on the green. But even with that, maybe I should think more about what a realistic expectation for me on a par-5 is.
I am always happy with a GIR. Yesterday I hit 6 GIR, I don't think I was inside 25 feet on any of them, and I played those six holes in a total of +1. I think that's a pretty good outcome for 6 GIRs, especially since I didn't make any of the birdie putts (which, again, were all low probability anyway).