Putting is a part of the game of golf that it seems an awful lot of golfers struggle with and as a result, a large amount of golfers don’t really enjoy putting - in fact, some golfers, will happily tell you, that they absolutely hate putting!
A little bit of a problem, when at least 40% of a golfers score is made up of putts.
As you will see from the following quotes this intense dislike of putting is not just limited to golfers who are ‘less skilled’ than others at it – it’s a mind-set that a lot of the best golfers who have ever played the game, share:
“Putting isn't golf, greens should be treated almost the same as water hazards: you land on them, then add two strokes to your score.” - Chi Chi Rodriguez
“Half of golf is fun; the other half is putting.” - Peter Dobereiner
“Hitting a golf ball and putting have nothing in common. They're two different games. You work all your life to perfect a repeating swing that will get you to the greens, and then you have to try to do something that is totally unrelated. There shouldn't be any cups, just flag sticks. And then the man who hit the most fairways and greens and got closest to the pins would be the tournament winner.” - Ben Hogan
“The next time you see a good player stalking backward and forwards on the green do not be led away by the idea that he is especially painstaking, but rather pity him for a nervous individual who is putting off the evil moment as long as he possibly can.” - Ted Ray
“The devoted golfer is an anguished soul who has learned a lot about putting, just as an avalanche victim has learned a lot about snow.” - Dan Jenkins
“When I putt, my emotions collide like tectonic plates. It’s left my memory circuits full of scars that won’t heal.” - Mac O’Grady
“In golf, driving is a game of free-swinging muscle control, while putting is something like performing eye surgery and using a bread knife for a scalpel.” - Tommy Bolt
“The three things I fear most in golf are lightning, Ben Hogan and a downhill putt.” - Sam Snead
“The less said about the putter the better. Here is an instrument of torture, designed by Tantalus and forged in the devil's own smithy.” - Tony Lema
Wow, there’s a lot of hate in some of those quotes – isn’t there?
Now, there’s a pretty simple reason as to why some of the best golfers in the world end up thinking like that (which I’m not going to go it in this book – if it’s something that interests you - check it out here) but what has puzzled me a lot over the years is the massive amount of ‘normal golfers’ (not tour pro’s) that have such an issue with this part of the game of golf.
Having given this question some considerable thought, my belief is that the ‘normal golfer’s’ problems stem from a lack of good information about just what is needed to putt when they first started playing the game – something that would be easy enough to overcome, if it was possible to have ‘attending putting lessons’ as the first thing they did to start playing golf.
That’s fairly unlikely though, as golfers are human and not ever consider taking a putting lesson over the entire time that they play the game – let alone before they can hit the ball!
This problem isn’t helped by a large percentage of the golf advice you will find on the internet, most of what you see on television, the big golf companies of the world and a fairly large number of the world’s golf teachers – who seem convinced that putting is a precise science that requires the putter to resemble something more like the space shuttle, with the golfer needing to have every minute movement in their action analysed to death by some whizz bang machine or computer.
I say hogwash to those ideas!
Good putting is not really a mechanical function and in fact, once you understand the basic principles – it really comes down to preparation, feel, belief, confidence and focus.
Something that most of the technological approaches seem to miss!
There are only basics in the game of golf, regardless of the level of golf that you play.
Reducing the number of putts you have in a round is the easiest and quickest way to reduce your scores, handicap and gain consistency in your game.
This book contains everything you need to know, to make that happen.