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Making Putts… Try to Hit it Past the Hole or Die Into the Hole?


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Food for thought when you are putting. Do you like to "die" your putts into the hole or do you like think you can run it past the 6 inches or a foot past the hole.

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The conventional wisdom I've heard many times is put enough speed on it to stop up to 18 inches past the hole. You won't come up short, and if you miss it's a short tap in.

Not everyone agrees with and many of us can't judge that speed perfectly, but I try hard not to be short.

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It depends on the break. The flatter it is the more I tend to putt 5 to 6 inches past the hole. If it's a short putt with a lot of break I tend to hit it so the break doesn't take it away. I keep the speed up. If it's a breaking putt but a longer one that is downhill, I will die it to the hole so as not to run past too far. Uphill breakers I want to hit it firm enough to get to the hole but not past to avoid a potential downhill breaker second putt running past the hole. Each putt requires its own thought process to yield the best result for me.

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The two main  ideas have been expressed very well already.  The old adage "if it doesn't get to the hole it has no chance of going in", is true enough "I guess".  

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For me I am trying to get any putt under 12' to reach the hole.  I believe with practice I can actually make more of these.  Between 12 & 18 feet, although a relatively small percentage, 3 putting is still 4-8 times more likely than under 12 feet.  Over 20 feet the chances of 3 putting far outweigh making a one putt.  So over 20 not 3 putting is a priority.

Make no mistake, I am trying to make every putt I strike.  However statistics and reality tell me, (even pro's numbers bare this out) that trying to make a 24 footer, and expecting to make a 24 footer, are two completely different things.  So at a certain distance coming up  a little  short of the hole, and NOT GIVING A PUTT A CHANCE TO GO IN BECAUSE IT DIDN'T REACH THE HOLE, doesn't really bother me.  I find that not giving it a chance to go in is less important, than avoiding 3 putts. 




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Rarely try to die it into the hole. Hit with enough speed to finish no more than 18” past the hole.

trying to die it in has left to many putts short and in some cases worse off due to slope than going past the hole 

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Based on the name, you can guess, but I die it into the hole. A putt hit too hard will spin out, a dying putt will slip in. I know no one likes leaving a birdie short, but it's still a 2-putt and one a little short is easier to make than one runs past a few feet. And I don't agree with this 'exactly 18 inches past' Dave Pelz crap.

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