How often do you putt on the perfect line when your ball decides to dive away from the hole for no good reason? There are imperfections on every green caused by inconsiderate golfers that spoil more putts than you will ever know. If every person walking on a green took a little more care, we could all sink more putts.
I just thought that it was time to speak up about the stupid things that golfers do to greens. This is not a crisis like the “#MeToo” movement but at the moment that you miss a putt, it certainly is a mini disaster in your life and may just be the reason why you are losing money in your weekly golf game with your buddies.
Are You One of the Culprits?
An amazing shot of a perfectly manicured green at Pebble Beach Golf Resort, CA. Wishing that all greens could be protected as well as this one.
Stepping on the Head of a Wedge to Lift the Handle: Don’t you realize that the back cavity is cutting into the green when you step on the head of any club that is resting on the green? The impression that your club leaves on the green will be there for every golfer to follow you.
Using Your Putter as a Crutch when you Lean Down to Retrieve your Ball: We even see pro golfers do this on TV. Too many golfers use putters for balance and to lift their fat butts as they retrieve their ball from the hole. No matter how flat your putter head is resting on the green, it will make an impression which will deflect the next 50 incoming putts.
Repairing a Divot by Smacking it Down with Your Putter: How stupid is that. Even using a tee to fix a divot is the height of laziness. Make sure that you are carrying a divot repair tool to complete the job properly. Move the grass from the sides to fill the gap without pulling the roots out.
Jumping for Joy When you Sink a Putt: Your 180 pounds is magnified by the speed that your body crashes down to the green on the heel of your shoe. Your happiness brings sadness to so many to follow.
Why is anyone still wearing metal Spiked Shoes? There are still some inconsiderate slobs who are too cheap to replace their old spiked shoes with any of the wonderful new options. Can’t your see the mess that you are making on the green?
Leaving a Trail of Sunflower Seeds Shells: Cigarette or cigar butts are bad enough but who do you think is going to pick up the shells? Would you putt over them?
I know that you are expecting to read GOLFSTR Swing Tips every week but I thought that you might appreciate this public service announcement. It explains why some of your putts just don’t follow the slope of the green and there is only one thing that we can suggest to minimize errant putts:
Practice with your GOLFSTR+ to learn to keep your leading wrist flat as you rock your shoulders straight up your target line with enough pace to pass the hole. Extra ball speed will help you minimize the impact of ruts in the green. Please do your part to improve the greens so that your playing partners will follow your example. And why not buy a GOLFSTR+ to improve your putting today at www.golfstr.com
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