It is too boring, there’s not enough physical activity, I always have to bend over, I can’t do it well, it usually works out well on the course, etc.
This only a small list of excuses used by many golfers to ignore practicing their putting.
I all my years of teaching, I have learned that people underestimate the importance and meaning of putting well.
How many putts do you need for 18 holes? Most amateur golfers I know need 39-47 putts per round. A PGA professional averages about 29 putts per round. That means that an amateur loses an unnecessary average of 10-16 putts on the green!
Putting practice is too important to ignore and the easiest way to improve your score!
A few key points:
- You should keep track of your putts and make a statistic
- You know your putt stroke - You should be able to identify your mistakes to be able to correct them
- Train 80% short putts until 3 meters
- Set realistic goals and don’t leave the practice green until you have achieved your goal
- Practice with various exercises and drills that your Pro has recommended to you
Most people will never be able to drive a ball 250 meters, but sinking a putt from 3 meters is very possible.
Try to sink 4 putts from 3 meters during your round and you have already saved 4 strokes.
On the Pro Tour, putts make up 48% of all strokes.