Why Do You Miss Putts?

Putting – its so simple, yet so frustrating at the same time. If there is one part of the game that controls how well you score more so than putting, I haven’t found it.  Most golfers already recognize that approximately 40% of all our strokes occur with one club in the bag. The sad part is most golfers take the putter for granted and don’t get fit, take lessons or practice enough.

This past week I had an opportunity to test a new putter training aid.  Basically anything that can help my putting and lower my score I’ll look at it. I may have had unrealistic hope that it would help improve my stroke, but isn’t that what many golfers are searching for is something that will make an immediate impact and renew confidence in their game?  Otherwise golfers wouldn’t spend billions dollars a year on golf equipment.

To give you a little background, putting has never been my strong suit.   At least until this past golf season when I had been playing a new putter where I have seen a noticeable improvement. (Spoiler alert) That product you will see on the market shortly.  But over the years I have tried too many putters to count including light putters, heavy putters, short putters, long putters, belly putters, blades, mallets, semi-mallets…well you get the hint – it’s been a lot.  I now have a very good idea of what parameters work and those that don’t based upon so much trial and error fitting.

What I found out about my putting is the stroke is actually not bad as I had a hard time seeing why the training aid didn’t give me more feedback.  That got me to thinking why do I miss putts?

I’ve gone through spells where the line is decent but one time the ball is way too short and the next time I feel like I had an epileptic seizure and knock the ball way past the hole. Often times I find that is a putter’s weight or balance issue.

In other spells, I have decent ball distance control, but miss putts consistently one direction or another from the hole, but not both.  That to me is an alignment issue or a putter design ill-fit to the putters path.

I guess at least I am fortunate that I am not really “wristy” or have much wrist rotation as I keep the putter face relatively square to the path. So I don’t see putts missed right one time and left the next.  I think this is what the training aid was really supposed to help rectify.

So my question to you is “Why do you think you miss putts?”  Let’s hear from you…

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One comment

  1. Gary Johnson says:

    I have always said (and firmly believe) that putting is 95% luck. You either have good luck or bad luck. When I refer to good or bad luck, I’m talking about the ball actually going in the cup, not just getting it close to the cup. The problem is that luck is not a factor that we have control over. Therefore, most golfers don’t accept that the luck factor has that much of an effect on putting. As human beings, we want control over everything in our lives.

    The result is that golfers spend millions on all different putters, training aids and gadgets in the hope that they find the magic that will transform them into 1-putting every green.

    In the end, that just isn’t going to happen…because you can’t change luck. And luck is what controls whether the ball goes in the hole, comes up just short of the hole, does a 360 deg. spin-out or barely misses as it goes 1-5 feet past the hole.

    I also believe that scoring in golf is all wrong. A 1″ tap-in putt should not count the same as a 250 yard drive. Strokes from a 50 yard radius around the green should only count as 1/2 stroke while the drive should count as 1 1/2 strokes. Everything in between counts as 1 stroke. This is a much more fair system of scoring.

    Just my humble opinion.

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