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“Ninety percent of putts that are short don’t go in.”

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I've always liked that quote from Yogi Berra. It also is painfully evident to my golf game that I need to pay more attention to it. I've noticed over the years that  I tend to leave more putts short than I roll long. It is something that I haven't paid too much attention to, just aware that I should try to get putts to the hole more often.

Watching golf for many many hours this weekend I decided to count how many putts the pro's left short... it turns out, that unless they are outside 25', they don't. They always get it to the hole, go figure.

Checking my Shot Scope putting data... I manage to leave 72% !!! of my putts short. This has gone from minor thought in the back of my mind to 5 alarm fire that I need to address now. I have a new goal in golf, 0 putts per round left short. I have to trust that I can make the 4' come back putt.

I don't know how many of you out there suffer from this same issue. But I challenge all of you to never leave a putt short. If you need to say it in a very marine sounding voice akin to never leaving a man behind, then please do. 

Let me know if you can successfully pull this off. Apparently, I am only 14 putts/round from success....

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Oh yeah .. good distance control on putts is just one of the many things that separates we mortals from the pros on TV....

Are you leaving the flagstick in? Studies show 😉 it can help, especially on long putts - so try to hit the stick!

Anyway... Practice practice practice practice. And then some more practice, really working on lagging balls to the fringe and/or to random spots on the practice green. Oh and also the "Ladder" drill.

And if that doesn't help, well.....change putters... 😆😆😆

Oh, PS: yeah I leave plenty short and yeah it's frustrating.

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My nemisis!  Always been a die it in the hole type of putter, even though I know I need to be more aggressive.  What the mind tells you and what the body does are not always in harmony.  Seems like when I practice, I'm fine but when the putt is on the line I'm not as well disciplined.  

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It depends on how long your putt is. Short and medium range yes, but I will take a long putt being short all day long if the next putt is within my make range.

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1 hour ago, CarlH said:

My nemisis!  Always been a die it in the hole type of putter, even though I know I need to be more aggressive.  What the mind tells you and what the body does are not always in harmony.  Seems like when I practice, I'm fine but when the putt is on the line I'm not as well disciplined.  

Same here.  I have great confidence and results on lag putts but, once inside that 3 foot circle of terror, my make percentage continues to be problematic.  I think it comes down to confidence - being able to drive them into the back of the cup.  Pros have that confidence, the vast majority of us mere mortals do not.  The fear of having to make a subsequent 2 footer is real. So, we approach these short putts with apprehension and not with the same level of confidence as longer putts.  

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My speed control is not good, but I never practice it, so it’s highly unlikely it will improve!!!


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7 minutes ago, fixyurdivot said:

Same here.  I have great confidence and results on lag putts but, once inside that 3 foot circle of terror, my make percentage continues to be problematic.  I think it comes down to confidence - being able to drive them into the back of the cup.  Pros have that confidence, the vast majority of us mere mortals do not.  The fear of having to make a subsequent 2 footer is real. So, we approach these short putts with apprehension and not with the same level of confidence as longer putts.  

Most knee knockers (2-3 footers) don't really bother me much.  It's those mid range putts 5-15 feet that get to me the most. 

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Speed control has always been a big issue for me. Going to try and take a little feel out of long putts this year and be more conscious of how far I bring the putter back for 30 or 40 footers on the practice green before a round.


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Get you a 3’ putting circle from eyeline or something similar and setup on the practice green. Grab 20 (4 locations 5 ball each) balls and set them up at 12,3,6,9 starting at 12’ and place one 3’ further back on same line. Then putt all the balls at 12’ then 15’ and so on. The goal is to have 10 balls minimum finish inside the circle. 

Repeat the drill using 4 different locations.

another drill is to get 8 balls and plane them at 4 and 5’ at 4 locations and samething putt all 4’ then all 5’ goal is to make 6 

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5 minutes ago, CarlH said:

Most knee knockers (2-3 footers) don't really bother me much.  It's those mid range putts 5-15 feet that get to me the most. 

I'm just the opposite.  The further out the more confident and I end up past the hole almost as often as short.

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Oh... putting...

My putting was so bad a few years ago that I’d purposely miss the green so I could chip instead. Worked great for my “scrambling” practice but instead of working on the problem (putting) I let it get worse.

Put a few hours of practice in and what do you know, my putting improved. Not sure on my stats for leaving them short, I’d probably say .500? If the snow ever melts I’ll pay attention this year.

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I want to add, lots of you have talked about the ladder drill, or getting putts inside a hula hoop. And those are the things I have practiced. One of the reasons I've never thought too much about leaving putts short is that I rarely 3 putt and generally my distance control is within a foot or two, just constantly a foot or two short. 

So lag putting is what I've practiced, and do pretty good at. I just need to lag it 3 feet past the hole from now on. 

 

Glad I'm not the only one Yogi is speaking to. 

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90% ? I don't get it 🙄

100% of putts I leave short don't go in.

 

I have found that if you say to yourself "dont be short, dont be short" just before you putt you will inevitably leave it short. It's as if your brain only hears "be short"

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I've found that if I use an intermediate target for alignment, I tend to leave putts short.  When I focus on that target, I'm also imprinting the distance to that target on my mind.  I now try to choose a target that is pin high or just past, which helps me to imprint both distance and line when I'm getting set up.

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I'll add one more thing. Just leave the pin in all the time. You'll make everything. Right? LOL

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I noticed that I was leaving my putts short last season and after some advice from my wife, I realized that I was leaving the majority of my weight on my back foot.  There is no way to consistently get the ball to the hole if your weight is shifting to your back foot or staying there period.

I began truly focusing on feeling like 75% of my weight was on my front foot, and this really helped me get the ball to the hole more consistently.  Make sure you check on those feelings in your stance to make sure that you are not setting yourself up to leave the putt short with fundamentals that are out of sync.

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18 hours ago, CarlH said:

Most knee knockers (2-3 footers) don't really bother me much.  It's those mid range putts 5-15 feet that get to me the most. 

..same here..........

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8 hours ago, palvord said:

I noticed that I was leaving my putts short last season and after some advice from my wife

A wife that provides golf tips... now that's a bonus!  

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