Putting straight is the first requirement for good putting. It’s easy to verify that you can do that. Once you know you can do it — reliably and repeatedly — good putting boils down to just two things: read and speed.
“Play it as it lies” is a time-honored concept in golf. But it’s killing the game, not promoting it. A better principle is “Keep it fast, Keep it fun.”
Hover your putter to eliminate the tendency to occasionally scuff the ground — probably the leading cause of 3-putts from any distance.
The USGA and the Royal and Ancient society are making a concerted effort to improve the rules of golf. It’s a good step in a badly needed direction — but they don’t go far enough.
Sometimes, you have one of those rounds where every putt seems to miss by an inch. Actually, that is a great sign!
When you miss by just a little, you shouldn’t necessarily blame your read. In some cases, a slight adjustment to speed would show you that your read was actually perfect.
When the ball hits the edge of the cup and goes skirting off in another direction, it’s harder to get the feedback about your read and your speed. But it’s not impossible. If you pay close attention, there is still a fair amount to be learned.
The day 5 stretching program turns out to be pretty intense. But there are ways to make it easier!
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If it makes it easier for you to get out and play, you’ll play and practice more. If you play and practice more, you’ll get better. It’s not perfect, but a cart like this one can be part of your strategy for having fun and playing well.
If you’re a golf instructor, and you have access to the Tathata videos, you should watch the Day 8 video, even if you do nothing else.