Beverly Fergusson, LPGA
Truth about Putting
How many ways can a person putt!? MANY! Noted putting gurus like
Dave Pelz have spent their life studying the physics, laws, by-laws,
in-laws, and art of putting. Which way does the green slope, is
it uphill or down hill, what kind of putter should I use, where
do I position the ball in my stance, what kind of ball should I
use...a pink one or one that has red writing on it, how hard do
I hit it, and who's on first base? Good grief!
With all these thoughts in your mind, who can actually pull the
trigger? What ever happened to my good putting when I was a junior!?
Oh...I know...I grew up and started to measure how many inches
the break is, I started to put 65% on my left side instead of 42%....Oh...and
I started to read the line with my left eye instead of my right.
And this "plumb-bobbing" thing...why does everyone hold a putter
up in front of their face and look at the hole....looks good...maybe
I should do THAT!
I hear many of my students say "my putting is terrible...I three
putted five greens today!" My response is, "how far was your first
putt?" "oh, about 35 feet", they answer. OK...now we're talking.
"There's nothing wrong with your putting....you just need to get
closer to the hole on your approach shots", is my reply. "Work on
your chipping and pitching."
We make putting a lot harder than it really is. Every putt is a
straight line. It just so happens, however, that the surface makes
the ball roll off that line. And tell me....WHO can really predict
that correctly every time...I don't care what kind of science you
know about putting!? Putt enough to train your eyes to see these
lines. Good putters are experienced and have confidence.
As far as I'm concerned, all you have to do is contact the center
of the ball with the center of the clubface. Get your line, know
your distance, aim the club face, and get the club moving. Beyond
that...it's a crap shoot! So go out, get that experience, and find
YOUR truth about putting.