Simple Things You Can Do To Stop Getting Three Putts In Golf
The putter is every golfer’s most used club. A typical golf course has 18 holes and a par of 70 to 72. Within that par the standard calculation is that golfers should be able to two putt from anywhere on the green.
Par 3s should involve a tee shot on to the green and two putts.
Par 5s are of a length that it is generally the third shot that finishes on the green before putting.
Most holes are par 4, tee shot, iron and two putts.
In practical terms handicap golfers are given scope to make mistakes and their handicaps reflect this. What does cause golfers problems is the inability to get down in two once they have hit the green.
On particularly quick greens the first putt may not necessarily finish close to the hole. Dustin Johnson recently 3 putted his 72nd hole in the US Open. One putt, in this case would have meant he was champion, 2 putt in a play-off. He missed the second, a three footer and finished runner-up. It shows that professionals can slip up. Problems usually occur when the ball rests more than 30 feet from the hole. It is essential that those facing a putt do so by concentrating on pace. Everyone can hole a long putt but it is unrealistic to expect to do so and therefore the crucial element in the first putt is the pace.
Even if they slightly misread the line, the ball will finish close.
While it is clearly impossible to forget completely that there is a four inch cup, it is worth thinking of the target as three or four feet in diameter and to aim to get the ball to stay within that imaginary ring. The chances of missing the second putt from that close will be vastly reduced. However you will find yourself looking down on the ball and perhaps even have the hole in vision. It is easy to be distracted by that. You must concentrate on your putter and the back of the ball and ignore everything else.
Certainly the more practice you have on the putting green the more consistent you will become. Routine is important in all golf shots and that certainly applies to putting. While in friendly golf, players often concede putts. The result is that they have less practice with shorts putts than they would have otherwise. Perhaps your friendly fourball should agree it’s in everyone’s interests to putt out.