you are a 19 handicap
and you set a goal
of becoming a 9
handicap by the end
of the season (a
very lofty goal,
but possible). In my earlier newsletters on Statistical Analysis
of an Average Golfer,
for all levels of
players, the most
signficant way to
lower scores is by
improving the short
game. Recall that:
to overall average
you need to improve
GIR from 3 to 8 (267%
from 20 to 53%
Putts per Round
from 35.0 to
31.7 (9.5% decrease)
from 15.6 to
9.8 (37% decrease)
ball striking and
thus swing would
need to improve immensely
to reach your goal.
Imagine how much
is necessary with
the short game to
realize lower scores.
I recommend you buying Dave
to help out.
some objectives to
achieve this goal,
I would highly recommend
the 19 handicap putting
some things in place
to improve the short
game such as:
some lessons from
a local professional
aside an hour each
second day to work
on the short game
some books on the
short game to help
out with practice
more of my golf site
and tips to improve
might be that the
short game is the
only focus of improvement
improvement to take
place, of course,
one needs to set
aside ample time
to practice and play.
The 19 handicap won't
improve much if all
he/she does is play
a round of golf 3
times each week.
When top professionals
changes to their
games, they often
play less and practice
more. It's difficult
to work on improvement
of various aspects
of the game on the
course because the
sole goal there is
This section of the site is about improving your putting, which is as outlined above the most effective way of lowering your score. Even if you're a scratch player shooting par, almost half of your strokes are putts.
To improve your putting, you can improve in one or more of the following areas:
1. Stroke Mechanics: There are some fundamentals essential to good putting.
2. Feel: No matter how flawless your stroke, you must develop good kinesthetic feel to stroke putts the correct distance.
3. Reading Greens: With a sound stroke and great feel, you still need to be able to read how much a putt will break.
The first two areas require athletic moves that can be improved upon through practice (some tips on those later). But, the third area, reading greens, can be improved upon by anyone. That's what I'll focus on teaching you now.
how a ball is affected by the slope of the green and by the
frictional resistance of the grass, I have determined how the
plumb bob distance (between shaft and hole) is related to the
amount of break. Most of the breaking occurs in the last few
feet of roll. A typical 20 foot putt which breaks slightly because
of a small slope would look like:
line in the picture is the imaginary line connecting you, the
ball and the hole. The first point on the left of the picture
is the starting position of the ball. The last point on the
right of the picture is the ending point of the ball if the
there were no hole. Where the path of the ball intersects the
imaginary line is the location of the hole. To maximize the
number of putts holed, one wants the speed of the ball to be
enough so that ball would move about 18 inches past the hole
if the hole were not there (as per Dave
Pelz's famous research).
that the ball ends up farthest from the imaginary line about
7/12 of the way to the hole (about 11.5 ft for a 20 ft putt).
I'll refer to this position of a putt as the transition point.
It then crosses the imaginary line (at the hole) in the
remaining 5/12 of the way to the hole (about 8.3 ft). Thus most
of the break occurs in the last half of the distance (or 10
ft for a 20 ft putt).
20 foot putt which breaks a lot because of a large slope would
case, the putt breaks a lot more. In fact, there is even
percentage of break in the last half of the distance traveled.
The transition point is about 8/12 of the way to the hole
about 13.3 ft for a 20 ft putt). I have found that the transition
point depends on the slope of the green, the speed of the
and the length of the putt. Thus if a putt plumb bobs 4 inches
left of the hole, the amount of break and thus the amount
should aim left or the hole isn't the same for every putt.
A long putt on a fast, high sloped green would break more
a shorter putt on a slow, low sloped green.
physics & math, I have modelled how a putt breaks. I have
developed a matrix that tells the golfer how much a putt
breaks dependent upon the plumb read, the length of the
putt and the speed of the putt.
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example here is part of my matrix for a medium speed putt:
Medium Greens – Stimp
meter reading = 10 feet
|Low = 0.5 degree
|Med = 1.0 degree
|High = 2.0 degree
I've listed the values of my
matrix of a medium sloped putt (1.0 degree of slope). These
values are related to the plumb read which I explain along
with the downloadable matrix. Note that for a long, 50
ft putt, the break is
much greater relative
6 ft putt.
My full matrix includes slow
paced and fast paced putts as well, which break different
amounts but would have the same plumb read.
I provide a service to golfers who are interested
in determining how to read putts. If you'd like to purchase
this service, in which I explain in detail how to plumb and
use my "putting matrix" to translate the read into how much
break, click the Order
send you the method I have developed. I'll provide you
applicable for putting on slow, medium or fast greens.
know the stimpmeter reading of your greens, you can send
information along and I'll provide you with precise information
applicable to putting your greens.
Keep your putting statistics. Get a free software program
which will track a calculate your real putting ability. Not
just how many putts you make per round, but what percentage
of various length putts you make and how many strokes it
takes from different distances. You can then compare yourself
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putts are under-read by golfers, even the professionals. I have
developed a method to read putts using a plumb bob. Many would
argue that plumb bobbing can only tell you which way a putt breaks,
but not the amount. I was one of those people. But after analyzing
the physics and mathematics of a breaking putt, I have determined
a fairly simple procedure of taking what is learned from plumb-bobbing,
and calculating the amount of break, which depends on the speed
of the green and the length of the putt.
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