The Importance of Putting
Many amateurs or higher handicap golfers don't understand the importance of practising putting regularly. Many spend time down the driving range practising how to "rip" a drive 250+ yards, but that is all in vain if you still three-putt from 8 foot.
If you look at an average 18 hole golf course being a par 72 and every hole allowing two putts, then you are meant to take 36 putts every round to play to level par. On the logic that 50% of your golf shots are putts, it doesn't make sense only to practice 5 minutes before you start your round of golf.
Putting is the shot that doesn't allow for error.
Every golfer has been in the situation when they have hit a driver off the tee badly but still manage to get 200+ yards on it. It's the same as thinning an iron; your outcome can still be quite favourable. Think how many times you have hit a putt wrong and left yourself a 10-yard putt back, it's hard to recover from that situation.
It's interesting to look at the PGA Tour Putting Average, then to compare it to your own putting percentages.
- Putts made from 3 foot: 99.42%
- Putts made from 4 foot: 91.43%
- Putts made from 5 foot: 80.72%
- Putts made from 6 foot: 70.21%
- Putts made from 7 foot: 60.6%
- Putts made from 8 foot: 52.86%
- Puts made from 9 foot: 46.38%
- Putts made from 10 foot: 41.25%
- Putts made from 11-15 foot: 30.1%
- Putts made from 15-20 foot: 18.3%
- Putts made from 20-25 foot: 12.47%
- Putts made from 25+ foot: 5.45%
A lot of amateur golfers will get annoyed when they don't sink a putt from 10 foot when you consider that PGA Tour Pro's only made 41.25% then you start to understand that the likelihood of an amateur golfer making them is very slim.
Next time you're playing a golf round while you record your overall score also make a note of how many putts you make each round. If you can consistently beat that, then your overall score will start to fall a lot quicker than if you spend all your time practising your driving.
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