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We’ve all heard the phrase “Drive for show, putt for dough”, but let me break this phrase down to explore why there is some truth in it. In order for you to get par on any given hole, assuming you hit the green in regulation, you will need to putt the ball two times; regardless if the hole is a par 3, 4, or 5. On a typical par 72 course, this means that you are putting the ball 36 times! 36 is half of 72 which means you are spending half of your strokes putting! You can see very quickly why your putting skill is so important to lowering your score.
While on the lesson tee for over 38 years, I’ve seen golfers spend hours hitting balls on the range only to walk to the putting green and spend less than 5 minutes of work on putting, if they spend any time at all. I get it, what’s more exciting than hitting your driver and watching it sail past the yardage markers on the range? But, I ask this of you, shouldn’t the logic follow that if you’re spending half your strokes on putting during any given round, that you should also spend half your time on the putting green?
In this series I will break down the common reasons that you are missing putts, the basic putting mechanics, and my favorite drills to fix those issues to get you putting like a pro and decreasing your number of putts on the course in no time! So if you find yourself asking “Why am I missing putts?” check the links below to make sure you have the putting basics down before diving into the drills.
How to Putt
The Best Putting Drills to Make You a Better Putter