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Alignment is Key to One Putts
Alignment is one of the most important
aspects of golf. I often see my higher handicap playing partners
misalign on many of their shots. Mistakenly aiming 15 yards right
on a drive many not cause a big problem, but aiming 1 inch right
on a putt can "guarantee" an extra stroke.
A study by Potts & Roach entitled, "Putting
Alignment in Golf: A Laser Based Evaluation" found that all golfers
misalign their putters. On a 6 foot straight putt, novice, 12 - 24
handicappers and 2 - 11 handicappers, misaligned outside the hole
12%, 2% and 2% of the time respectively. On a 12 foot straight putt,
the same golfers misaligned 71%, 40% and 43%, respectively. On a 12
foot putt, when the golfers used a "foreshortened target" between
their ball and the hole to aim at, there misalignment decreased significantly
to, 59%, 36% and 32%, repectively.
When a golfer misaligns, he/she must modify
the stroke to hit the ball on line. That usually means putting sidespin
on the putt. Misalignment causes missed putts and a decrease in confidence.
We all know how important confidence is to putting.
Another study by Carnahan entitled, "Experimental
Study of Effects of Distance, Slope and Break on Putting Performance
for Active Golfers," measured 1 putt percentages of golfers: touring
pros, 1 - 14 handicappers and 15 - 30 handicappers. He found that
on a 6 foot putt, the one putt percentages are 50%, 45% and 35% respectively.
On a 12 foots putt, he found the one putt percentages to be 25%, 19%
and 19% respectively. If we take the 14 - 30 group, Carnahan found
the percentage dropped by 35% to 19% when comparing a 6 foot to a
12 foot putt. The successive rate is almost halved. When one looks
at the misalignment study mentioned earlier, the same group misaligned
22% of 6 footers and 71% of 6 footers. One can definitely attribute
the lower percentage of holed putts to misalignment.
Carnahan also found that sidehill, breaking
putts were holed less often than uphill straighter putts. On 7 foot
putts from all different angles around the same hole, the average
percentage of one putts was 47%. The most difficult putt, a sidehill,
downhill was holed 38% of the time whereas the easiest putt, an uphill,
gently breaking was holed 58%.
The differences in one putt percentages
can be explained by poor reading of the greens. Even most professionals
under read many of their putts.
If you'd like some help with reading greens,
I can provide some help. I have developed a "matrix" which indicates
the amount of break per degree of slope. The slope of the green can
be measured by plumb bobbing. Personally, my putting improved immensely
after I started applying the matrix. I had plumb bobbed for years
and found it could only tell me which way a putt breaks. My matrix
now tells me how much.
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