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Go for the one putt or avoid the three putt  

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  1. 1. Do you try to make your first putt or avoid the three

    • I try to make the first putt
    • I try to get it close to avoid the three putt


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Ive been three putting all of a sudden and I wonder if its technique or poor strategy. Thought Id start a poll to help me figure it out. Here goes nothing: 

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The poll has a false premise that those two options are mutually exclusive, so I didn't answer. The best way to expand the size of the hole, and thus make more putts, is to have it traveling slow

I think you missed the point: the better idea is to practice their distance putting so that they don't end up with the 3-5' putts in the first place. Practicing your distance control will help yo

My own opinion on here will appear different if you look at it over time. I used to say I'm trying to make every putt. That's still the same, but I realize now that when I say "make the putt

It really comes down to the distance. Like, I'm hoping to make every putt that I take, but realistically I know that beyond 10-15ft the odds are that it won't go in. But the process I take on every putt is the same, try to get the speed so that the ball would travel 9 inches past the hole if it misses.

Beyond that 10-15ft mark, the speed of the putt is the most important factor. Getting that right will go a long way to eliminating 3 putts.

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I try to make every putt, regardless of length. Obviously I don't, but it seems to always make my next putt easier. 

To me, planning on just getting close, is not much different than planning on a missed putt. 

I use to do that "inside 3 foot" thing, but eventually I decided that "inside the hole" left me closer to the hole when I do miss. 

One of my main putting practice routines is using another golf ball as a target, which obviously is much smaller than the hole. 

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I always attempt to sink the putt, in the hope that if it doesn't go down it will be close. As we all know putting is a game in it's self. It can take people years to find out what works for themselves, and what putter works best. My friend recently spent a £1 on an old putter with a marble head, and he can't miss a thing. My putting recently improved when I decided to move my left foot level with the ball. I now have a far better idea of pace and accuracy, but that doesn't mean it will work for someone else

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My philosophy is simple.  Avoid the three putt first and then look at the one putt.  Putt it with the goal of the ball being no more than say two feet or so from the hole.  If it goes in, brilliant, if not, I will get the two putt.  Of course, this is easier said than done :-\

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I visualize a line to make the putt every time. It doesn't matter if it's a 40 footer or a 3 footer.

On a severe downhill putt, I may visualize the cup being 3 feet short of it's actual location and putt to that. Just the opposite for a severe uphill putt, sometimes I'll look 2-3 past the cup and try to hit it to that point.

There are times when I'll take some break out of a putt and hit it a little firmer. 90+% of the time though I'm trying to hit putts so they would finish 1 foot or less past the hole if I miss.

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Make the putt - I always play to make the putt.  If I do that I'll be in that 3 foot range more often than not, so why not try to hole it?  Nothing else makes any sense to me.

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I pretty much go for it every time I putt.  I usually end up real close if I miss it.

My putting has been really good this year and I have limited my 3 putts to usually only 1 or 2 a round.

Last week on the back 9 I had 12 putts.  That's the kind of stats I like to see.

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If you focus on not 3-putting, your brain will hold on to the image of a 3-putt. Focus on your target whether that is the hole or an interim target a few feet in front of your ball. I just try to think of line and speed and then execute. If it goes it, great. If not, such is life.

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3 hours ago, pganapathy said:

My philosophy is simple.  Avoid the three putt first and then look at the one putt.  Putt it with the goal of the ball being no more than say two feet or so from the hole.  If it goes in, brilliant, if not, I will get the two putt.  Of course, this is easier said than done :-\

Just about every shot in golf is easier said than done. lol. :-P

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I don't necessarily always try to make a putt, especially the longer ones. What I do is try to make sure I give myself a short 2nd putt at max. I'm sure you've heard about imagining a circle around the hole that you are trying to get the ball into when putting from far away. Most of the time this works out pretty well for me.

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Make the putt.  I always want my ball, speed-wise, to go no more than 18in past the hole no matter how long the putt is.  Reading the green has it's art especially the double+ breakers.  But I always want to try and make it.  If I start thinking oh just get it within 10% of my total distance or whatever that rule of thumb is, it will inevitably not work.

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Try to make the putt.

I suppose the only time I wouldn't thinking sink the putt would be on a crazy downhill slope where I'm unsure of the speed of the green. I might play it safe - better to hit softer than I think it should be hit and have it come up short than watch it roll off the green. It just doesn't happen very often. Even in that scenario it almost qualifies for trying to make the putt. I'm trying for the right line and anticipating more roll.

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The poll has a false premise that those two options are mutually exclusive, so I didn't answer.

The best way to expand the size of the hole, and thus make more putts, is to have it traveling slowly as it passes, which means it stops close and you also avoid three putts.

The answer is BOTH. :)

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I always try to make everything.  I am surprised to see people say that they are hoping to get it close from 15 feet even...15 footers are very makeable putts, and many times if you are wanting to shoot a lower score, those are the ones you need to have fall.  Unless your throwing darts at the pins and have 10 footer or less..the people saying they just try to get it close from 15 feet might want to start going for those and watch your scores drop.  Even from 25-30 feet I am still looking to make the putt.

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