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  1. This is very useful and comprehensive information, thank you! Off course I miss the read sometimes, but rarely from within 4 feet. Most of the time, when I miss a 3 or 4-footer, the ball will stop less than 1 foot past the hole (I use my own shoes for measuring, and they are just under 1 foot, very small, I know) I'm not very good with inches and stuff, but I think 6 inch is 1/2 foot, right? That is the approximate distance most of my balls will stop whenever I miss the hole from 3-6 feet. Off course, the farther I shoot from, the bigger the chance that the ball passes the hole a little farther. My 2 latest experiences were from 3 and 4 feet. I know I mentioned before that I aimed for a max. pass of 2 feet, but in reality I'd say that 75% or more of my misses clearly stops within 1 foot, when I putt from within 6 feet. More than 6 feet and that percentage will drop off course, but in order for my misses to stop outside 2 feet over 50%, I'd be putting from around 20 feet or more. It also depends whether I have a bad day or not, I admit, but I'm talking about averages here.
  2. You could have a point there. I do indeed have a tendency of over-thinking things. However, I still believe I am not playing those bounce-outs too fast. If you still think the same after watching the video, I'll believe you, but until that moment, excuse me for keeping on to my opinion!
  3. iHack, you misunderstood what I wrote. I'm definitely not comparing my shots with the pros! I just said that, When I watch other players, both in real life and on tv (PGA tournaments), putt the ball in the center of the hole (like I did, unless my sight is much worse than I think it is), at the same speed or even faster than I do, I don't see these balls bounce back out. I also said, it doesn't happen at every hole, but at certain holes at my local course (numbers 5 and 6).
  4. Thank you for your understanding Shorty. This is the kind of constructional reaction I expect from more experienced golfers. 1 everyone else's put doesn't hit the back of the cup, that's why they fall! Please check out the video I'll soon post and let me know what you think after watching the images! 2 trees don't stop me from making birdies off course, but maybe you're right on this point. Maybe I think too much in the sense of : it should have, it could have,... it's just that, after the first bounce, the ball was still going straight for the green entrance (and the pin), after the second (or third) bounce, it suddenly jumped to the left and hit the tree. that's why I call it a bad bounce. Maybe I'm wrong, I don't have enough course experience to compare, but I think if the quality of the course had been better, this probably wouldn't have happened. 3 the mishitting of half my shots on the course is getting much better, since I started forcing myself to think about anything else but golf (music) during my shots, so it seems the problem was purely stress-related 4 As I mentioned before, I stopped cheating about 2 weeks ago and the reason I cheated was to not be completely demoralized by my bad results and I considered my cheated results not as a real result, but as a goal to aim for. 5 I do not think I can "coach" people, I'm sorry if I created that impression, I just expressed my opinion about something I believe to be an essential flaw in the way many recreational golfers practice and try to improve. I'm not saying my vision is the best one, but I believe that if struggling golfers would use this vision as a guideline in their practice, their results would probably be much better. As for my own results, I'm still working on that, I'm not there yet (after only 150 hours of practice that would be ridiculous), but I truly believe I will soon be able to play "my local course" in a single digit handicap. That doesn't mean I will be a real 1-digit hcp off course, since my local course is too short for that (I wouldn't say too easy though), but I have to start somewhere, and once I have established this goal, I'll move one to other, higher level courses to try and get the same results there. So please, wait for the video I'll post and than comment on what you see. I'll also post a video of my swing (irons) and will be happy to hear your comments on it, even if they're rather negative (though my pro says it's ok).
  5. I'm not sure what's actually happening, that's what I'm trying to find out. All I know is that, at several occasions, the ball reached the hole in the center (or as good as) and bounced back out. As mentioned before, I'll try to post a video of it soon, so you can see it for yourself. After studying the video, maybe you guys will be able to tell me what's really happening here.
  6. 1 yes, I have a high handicap, I never said anything else. 2 "not agreeing with something" and "not taking advice" or 2 completely different things. I've taken lots of advice from this site, but I don't always agree with what is said, and I believe to have that right! 3 no, I'm not getting robbed and don't think I could be on tour, just trying to find out why a perfectly straight putt bounces back out (not talking about lipping out here). Soon I'll post a video so you can judge me by what you see, not by what you "think". 4 at certain holes (not all) at my local club (which is a low quality course), almost every straight putt that hits the back of the hole, bounces back out. if it would bounce up and over (which has happened as well), it would be purely due too excessive speed (read Fourputt's post), but it's bouncing back, and that's not normal. Some of you seem to think they've seen everything there is to see, and know everything there is to know. Learn to accept this is not always the case, at least until you see proof of the contrary.
  7. "As for the original topic - do you seriously think that you are seeing the laws of gravity and physics don't apply to you? It's just getting beyond absurd." What happens happens, and I'm not delusional. Even the people I play with and saw it happen don't understand it. " As for the original topic - do you seriously think that you are seeing the laws of gravity and physics don't apply to you? It's just getting beyond absurd." Read the post of "FOURPUTT" on this page. Once can be stupid bad luck, but when it happens 4-5 times in a short period of times, something else is going on. " I'll pretend to ignore the bit where you say modestly you "usually don't carry the ball 260 yards". " For your information, I have carried the ball 260 yards and more at several occasions, but as I said, it's rare, so quit the sarcasm. You've never seen me play, so you have nothing substantial to base it on, just your own "opinion on how my game probably looks". Do you really think you're so fantastic you can know all that without ever having seen the person play or practice? WOW, you must be a real guru! IMO, any opinion about someones personality and/or abilities, based only on assumptions without having witnessed any supporting facts, should better be kept to yourself. Failing to do so systematically, shows your believe in your personal supremacy over (the majority of) other people, which IMO is a very negative and dangerous characteristic. Stick to the facts and data provided and don't make it personal. If you think certain data is incomplete or incorrect, just say so, but don't start a personal attack (making sarcastic and insulting remarks is!) because the data doesn't correspond with your personal experience and knowledge.
  8. OK, I understand. Since the ball is really bouncing out and does not loop around the hole to come out, it might be that the insert has not been set correctly (or that I really hit it too fast). I will try to check it out and post a picture of the hole, maybe even a video of me playing the putt and the ball bouncing out (if it happens again off course). I know it happened at holes number 5 and 6, so it shouldn't be too difficult to reproduce those putts.
  9. Got it, I missed the hole
  10. OK, so what you're saying is that, if my ball bounces back out on that edge, it means I played the ball too fast, right? I really want to believe that, it's just that I see many golfers putting those same kind of shots at the same speed or even faster than I do (real life and watching the PGA tournaments on tv), and those balls don't jump back out. I'm talking about straight shots here, where the ball hits the hole in the center or as good as.
  11. I think you missed the place where I said that the diameter of the cup is a fraction smaller as the one of the plastic ring, making the edge of the cup stick out (inward the hole) from under the plastic ring, which has a depth of only 1.5 inch. I believe it is this edge, not the ring, which make the ball bounce out. It happened on 2 consecutive holes today, and in both holes I noticed the same phenomenon: the cup-edge sticking out from under the plastic ring. It's only about 2 mm, but I think it's enough to cause the bouncing-out.
  12. Good idea, I'll do that, but it might take a few days.
  13. It happened to me twice today and 2 or 3 times before. Both shots from 3-4 feet and normal (slow) ball speed. I think it's not the plastic ring that bounces it back, but the edge of the cup under it, because it sticks out. Imagine putting 2 rings on top of each-other, but the bottom ring is a little smaller than the one on top. The only way to avoid a bounce-out is to play the ball so slow that it doesn't hit the back of the hole, but then you risk the ball stopping short or being pulled away by the break.
  14. Oh, by the way, I think I just discovered why my ball sometimes bounces back out of the hole. Inside the hole, there is a cup and a plastic ring on top of the cup. However, the diameter of the plastic ring is a fraction bigger than that of the cup, leaving a metal edge about 1.5 inch deep inside the hole. I believe this metal edge will sometimes cause the ball to bounce out (not lip out!), when it hits the back of the hole, and thus the metal edge. Has anyone else seen or experienced this before? .
  15. Just played 9 holes again, finished in 47 (par 36), which is OK for me. Today I forced myself not to think about the game, but about my favorite music, and it worked! Much less stress, much less mishits. Only 3 or 4 real mishits over the 9 holes, including 1 drive. Unfortunately, bad luck knocked on my door 3 times, making me need at least 5 strokes more than I should have. Hole number 3, par 4, 350 yards, dogleg to the right: with a water-stream crossing the entire FW 100 yards in front of the green, I limit my drive, since I usually can't carry it 260 yards, often resulting in the ball rolling into the water. Ball stops just over 200 yards and I hit my 6-iron, but way to short, leaving me with a pitch from about 70 yards. A bad bounce to the right and my ball ends up in the right side bunker. Bunkers are my nightmare: either I follow through too strong and over-hit the green, or I don't follow through enough and the ball stays in the bunker! Today, it was the first option, forcing me to pitch again to get the ball on the green, but about 18 feet from the hole. 2-putt, triple bogey. Without that bad bounce, It would have been par or bogey. Hole number 5, par 4, 298 yards: the green has 2 entrances, 1 left and 1 right, separated by a bunker. The right entrance however is also partially blocked by a tree. My drive was a little too much to the right,so I had no choice but to go for the right entrance. Used my 9-iron to pitch it from about 70 yards, but just in front of the entrance, the ball makes a bad bounce to the left and bounces back on the tree. Pitch again from 15 yard and bring the ball at 3 feet from the hole, 1-putt, I save par but would probably have made birdie without that tree. Hole number 8, par 4, 268 yards. The green is protected by a water-stream, which usually swallows my ball when I drive it good (+240 yards), so I limit my drive again, ending up rater short, 70 yards in front of the water. By that time, I start losing my music-focus, the stress sets in again and I top my 9-iron, ball goes into the water. Chip over, but it's uphill across the water, and the ball bounces back to settle on the very edge of the water, leaving me with a very difficult pitch. Afraid to under-hit it, I do the opposite (off course!), and the ball settles at the other edge of the green, about 60 feet from the hole. Now it's a strong down-hill lie and hitting it a little too fast will send the ball into the water again, so I leave it way short, causing myself to 3-putt. Overall, however, I can't complain too much. The relaxation-trick seems to work, and pitching my irons instead of my Sw, like I did before, has proven to be much more consistent and easier.
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