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Making no putts is golf's version of purgatory

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MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers  29953WRX Points: 3,000Handicap: 0.0Posts: 29,953 Titanium Tees
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Right?

Now, i am a good golfer who in my time has been through all sorts of slumps. I've had years where i was so terrified of hitting driver that i used it only once in a 36 hole club championship. I've had years where i've struggled with irons.....but there is nothing quite like making zero putts. To me it's the worst feeling in golf. Nothing leaves you more unsatisfied after a round than making nothing after having like 10 good looks

I've hinted at it a bit, but this year has been a dry spell for the ages for me putting wise. I am a legit 1.0 index right now, and through ~25 rounds my high for birdies this season is 2. That is not a misprint. We have a 500yd straightaway par 5 on our course that i have birdied zero times in 2020. Today i hit 16 greens in regulation and shot a 75. Earlier in the year i went 7 straight rounds without a birdie, though to be fair those were my rounds 2-8 of the season after a 3 month Covid layoff.

I am the king of the no-birdie 77. And i don't expect sympathy. I realize playing off a 1 is very good golf

All i am saying, is making NO PUTTS is the worst feeling in golf.....of every struggle i've had.

Does anyone disagree with that? Anyone else had one particular slump that just killed your season?

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  • LeoLeo99LeoLeo99 Members  5173WRX Points: 920Posts: 5,173 Titanium Tees
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    I feel your pain. Congrats on 16 GIR. My best is 14 GIR and no birdies. The next week I hit 12 GIR and no birdies. Two days later I hit 7 GIR and made 2 birdies that were kick ins. I'm hitting good putts but I'm not seeing the line at all. Do you see the line or are you just controlling speed and aiming sort of at the hole and playing for some break? I mean, are you seeing the line but not hitting it or are is the line blurry and you're just going through the motions?

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  • jvincentjvincent Members  1732WRX Points: 989Posts: 1,732 Platinum Tees
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    Sounds like it's time for a new flatstick. An offering to the putter gods needs to be made.

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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers  29953WRX Points: 3,000Handicap: 0.0Posts: 29,953 Titanium Tees
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    I rotate between 3 putters LOL.....maybe i should stick with one!

    All seem to be equally cursed

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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers  29953WRX Points: 3,000Handicap: 0.0Posts: 29,953 Titanium Tees
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    My distance control has been pretty good. I think one big challenge has been that our course (i mentioned this in another thread) has had very funky pin positions this year, often 10-11 of them each round are on edges of greens. So i have a lot of 30 foot putts instead of 15 foot putts when you kind of hit the center of the green. So that probably eliminates a few birdies here and there

    And then on the holes where i do have a 10-12 footer for birdie, i tend to miss it closely. I wouldn't say i'm putting terribly. Like i'm not missing by a foot. They just aren't going in

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  • msd71msd71 Members  767WRX Points: 171Handicap: 1Posts: 767 Golden Tee
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    I hear you. I'm quite good at 3-putt avoidance. Unfortunately I'm also good at 1-putt avoidance.


    I have a natural tendency to die it at the hole. I make more birdies when I am able to force myself to get the ball to finish past the hole. But my brain really fights that.

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  • nitramnitram WestOK, on the South Canadian Riviera Members  5913WRX Points: 526Handicap: -.6Posts: 5,913 Titanium Tees
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    You're getting a little vintage on you Jeffrey. Have you had your vision checked lately? The last time I encountered what you're describing I couldn't see the line to save my skin. But one day I was about to draw the putter back on a 6-footer and I realized I couldn't see a dimple on the ball. A trip to the Optometrist cured that and after about two weeks to get accustomed to my new vision, I started dropping some of those I couldn't sniff before. It's worth checking on my friend.

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  • chipachipa Florida/Caribbean Members  373WRX Points: 96Handicap: Dec. '20Posts: 373 Greens
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    I am generally a terrible putter but read about trying a round grip plus I also watched some videos of Bobby Jones wristy stroke and alignment method. So I put a round grip on my ping anser and played 9 holes today and I putted very well - no birdies and only 2 3 putts, which is not bad for the greens on my home course which are very sloping. I've seen Jone's alignment method many times over the years and never thought much of it but amazingly it helped me line up shorts putts correctly. Somehow I don't feel so intimidated anymore and feel like my 5-6 3 putt days are behind me and if I get more inside 15' looks I'm going to start dropping a lot more of them.

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  • Soloman1Soloman1 Members  2964WRX Points: 985Posts: 2,964 Titanium Tees
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    Since your distance control is self professed to be good, you're putter alignment at impact, your understanding of the line and your alignment at address can be one or all off. Find a flat, straight putt on the practice green and set up an elevated line to get that alignment or sight picture calibrated.

    Just go fix it.

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  • YuckYuck Fore! Members  2693WRX Points: 320Posts: 2,693 Titanium Tees
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    I feel your pain. 10 years ago I was a 0. Many years ago I was a plus 2. Now I range from 3-6 index hitting it pretty much like I used to. When I can average 34 putts a round or so I am a Three, when I have long streaks of 40+ putts rounds I am a 6. My issues are putts from 1’ to 4’ ft. My claim to fame is once shooting a 34 putt 68. After a few years you grow to accept your mediocrity. Just remember 40 putts a round is better than 50. Purgatory is better than H**l.

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  • Hawkeye77Hawkeye77 IowaClubWRX  21795WRX Points: 5,791Posts: 21,795 ClubWRX
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    Putting well here but finding almost no fairways this season, lol. King of sometimes making three or four birdies and shooting 79-81, driving me nuts (but for me that’s still good). Hitting driver in the trees no fun.

    Sounds like something is off just a fraction. Maybe have a putting coach check your setup and alignment or a friend take some pics if you feel you can self analyze, but IMO it can be subtle.

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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers  29953WRX Points: 3,000Handicap: 0.0Posts: 29,953 Titanium Tees
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    I'd bet I'm not reading the line as well as I used to. Maybe I need to start focusing on this a bit more. I used to be a bit more mechanical in my putting, it may help to go back to that

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  • Fairways_and_GreensFairways_and_Greens Washington StateMembers  971WRX Points: 286Handicap: 6.7Posts: 971 Golden Tee
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    GIR isn't useful for measuring putting. I might hit 3 GIR and each time put it to 5 feet.... I'm going to likely have a birdie.

    I might also hit 18 GIR at 30 feet. If I was a PGA level putter, I'd get on average one birdie.

    I used to think I was a bad putter because I hit more than average GIR and have a 3 putt or 2 a round. After using Decade I realize 3 putting from 40' is very likely, and the best way to have short birdie putts isn't necessarily aiming at the pin.

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  • FergusonFerguson Members  6026WRX Points: 3,523Handicap: 6.7Posts: 6,026 Titanium Tees
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    Practice putting to an object, not a hole. Stick a tee in the ground or drop your glove on the green and putt to that.

    Try to hit the object. It will give you an entirely new perspective on "speed."

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  • Hot Rod 71Hot Rod 71 #TheWRX ClubWRX, BST Volunteer Mods  8988WRX Points: 333Handicap: lowPosts: 8,988 ClubWRX
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    I'll echo what Fergie said - practice putting to a tee in the ground rather than a hole. After 10-15 minutes of practice, you'll be surprised how big the hole looks.

    I went through a patch very much like you describe in your OP. There are a lot of factors that can contribute. Like someone said above, hitting 14-16 greens (but always 25-30 feet away) can be a misleading stat. ****, the pros, as good as they are, only average 43% from 10 feet. These are the best players in the world.

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    Sunglasses?

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  • MtlJeffMtlJeff MontrealMembers  29953WRX Points: 3,000Handicap: 0.0Posts: 29,953 Titanium Tees
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    My last 2 rounds I hit 29 total greens , made 2 birdies total, 1 putt from outside 10 feet and shot two 75's

    On brand, at least

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  • marmadukmarmaduk Members  440WRX Points: 312Handicap: my golf swingPosts: 440 Greens
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    I just couldn’t make any putts

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    Go to a thrift store and buy the cheapest junkiest putter hanging around and game it for a month. I bet you break your putting slump.

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    Some people have never had a full season of the shanks before and it shows.

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  • MoonlightgrmMoonlightgrm MassachusettsMembers  1079WRX Points: 223Handicap: 2 (index = 2.3)Posts: 1,079 Platinum Tees
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    Finding this thread after shooting 75 with 15 GIR and 36 putts is truly incredible timing for me! I turned that trick, yesterday with 18 two-putt greens. I had six birdie looks of less than 12-feet and missed them all. However, it wasn’t the worst feeling in the golfing world. I had the driver-yips about ten years ago and that was a horrible feeling. Absolutely THE WORST.

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  • aggie182aggie182 Validating - Unconfirmed, Members  1WRX Points: 0Posts: 1 Starters
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    My putting this year has been horrendous so I did what any reasonable human would do and threw money at it. New putter, a few putting mats, other putting training aids. For me, I started to realize I wasn't reading the greens worth crap. Lately I have taken a cheap bubble level with me to the practice green, reading a putt, then plopping the bubble level down and seeing it if reported what I was seeing. It's helped me some, but I have a lot of work left to do.

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