Category Archives: Putting

Getting the Ball to the Hole: To Die or Drive on By (Lesson 3, Part 6A)

This is an introduction to a familiar debate in golf:  whether to try to die the ball at the hole on your putts (e.g., Nicklaus’ preference) or to try to give it enough force to go 17 inches by in … Continue reading

Posted in A game of misses, Putting, Putting

Getting the Ball to the Hole: The Faster You Putt, the Smaller the Hole (Lesson 3, Part 5)

The harder I try, the behinder I get.                       Anonymous Work hard to reach your goals. And if you can’t reach them, use a ladder.           … Continue reading

Posted in (Linear) Momentum, A game of misses, Angular Momentum, Conservation of Angular Momentum, Conservation of Momentum, Gravity and Golf, Greens, Putting

Getting the Ball to the Hole: Why and When to Lag (Lesson 3, Part 4)

To die the ball at the hole, or to putt it 17 inches past?  That is the question. There is a debate in golf about whether one should try to die the ball at the hole or putt it with … Continue reading

Posted in A game of misses, Geometry of Golf, Gravity and Golf, Greens, Putting, Putting, Putting Alignment

Getting the Ball to the Hole: Know Your Putter (Lesson 3, Part 3)

This is a continuation of our lesson about getting the ball to the hole.  In the previous lesson, we learned about the importance of correctly lining up a putt; how small errors in alignment can result in three-putts; what green … Continue reading

Posted in Consistency, Equipment, Geometry of Golf, Putters, Putting

Getting the Ball to the Hole: Putters and Bellied Wedges (Lesson 3, Part 2)

About this site: Golf as God Gave It To Us This post continues our discussion of getting the ball to the hole, once we have taken care to line it up.  It is worth emphasizing that taking care to line … Continue reading

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Lining Up a Putt: Conclusion (Lesson 2, Part 6)

About this site: Golf Is Simple This concludes our discussion about lining up a putt.  Let us summarize: What to remember ·  Small misalignments at the putter head make for big misses ·  Green speed and slope magnify the importance … Continue reading

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Lining Up A Putt: Surveying the Line and Other Practical Considerations (Lesson 2, Part 5)

Lining up a putt involves getting a read on the green and translating that read into a stance over the ball. Let’s turn this into some practical analysis. As we have seen, there are two important tools every golfer has … Continue reading

Posted in Alignment, Geometry of Golf, Greens, Putting, Putting Alignment