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Is it ok to use a putting mirror or robocup ball return on a putting green? What is the proper putting green etiquette in terms of hogging a hole? My local course is pretty busy so i've never used my mirror on the putting green just indoors at home.

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It's perfectly fine to use training aids on the green as long as your not a hindrance to most people. If you want to set something up I would have no issue with it as long as it's not in the middle of the green and you aren't hogging the only flat spot on the green. The only time it may not be appropriate is before a shotgun start when there are 30 people trying to putt. At the end of the day you just have to use common sense. If you really feel like you are in the way, then put the training aids away. However, if it's just you and one other person on the green, I don't think it would matter if you really hogged a hole or two. Heck, you could set up a tent and camp fire and I wouldn't care. 

One thing I used to do was keep a really small mirror in my bag. I think the mirror actually came from a make up case and could easily fit in my pocket. Just set the small mirror behind the ball and you'll be able to see enough of eyes to determine if your squarely over the ball. No reason to take the bigger putting mirror if you're just trying to get your head over the ball before the round starts. I also like to set up alignment sticks before I play if time allows to try and get a bearing for what lining up square feels like. 

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The above post sums it up pretty well.   Remember, if you are going to be standing in the same spot while practicing you should put down a towel to prevent damaging the green. 

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4 minutes ago, cnosil said:

The above post sums it up pretty well.   Remember, if you are going to be standing in the same spot while practicing you should put down a towel to prevent damaging the green. 

I've never heard or seen that, but it sounds like logical advise...thanks for sharing.

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7 minutes ago, M. Parsons said:

I've never heard or seen that, but it sounds like logical advise...thanks for sharing.

a lot of people aren't aware that they should do that.  People always ask the purpose of the towel when it appears in putting posts on instagram and twitter.  

https://golf.com/instruction/putting/practice-putting-green-etiquette-rules/

 

 

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I often will go to the edge of the green and putt to a tee while using my mirror or the gate drill. That way, I am not hogging a hole. The extra benefit is that putting to that small of a target makes the hole seem big when I go back to putting at a hole.

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4 hours ago, jtgavigan said:

I often will go to the edge of the green and putt to a tee while using my mirror or the gate drill. That way, I am not hogging a hole. The extra benefit is that putting to that small of a target makes the hole seem big when I go back to putting at a hole.

That's what I do as well. Even without any training aids. I always putt to a tee. I can utilize slopes on the practice green as well this way.  

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 I like to use my puttout on the practice green to setup on unique lies. This is even more true in the winter when my local course doesn't have cups placed. 

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On 6/15/2021 at 7:02 AM, jtgavigan said:

I often will go to the edge of the green

Best distance control drill I know is to putt to the collar. Cups are much more forgiving than trying to stop your putt exactly on the mow line!

8 hours ago, ColoradoFife said:

 I like to use my puttout on the practice green

I like to set up mine for some mirror practice (so I only need one ball, ideally) and I usually get some looks, but I appreciate that I don't need to use a cup and play the whole game of "are you done putting to that one? Bc I'll putt to it if... Oh you're not done yet? Just moving to the other side? Ok then..."

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