Here are a few things about putting that probably give you some
You are playing a round of golf and the greens are nice and dry and
the ball is running well on the greens.
You have got the hang of
how hard to hit it and how far it will go for a certain strength of put.
Now it starts to rain.
At this stage I for one used to have
uncertainty about how the ball would run on a wet green.
Do I hit the ball harder? Will it break less? Will it stop sooner?
It totally depends on how much rain has fallen and how wet the
greens have become.
If they are very wet, the ball will not roll as far, will not break
as much and you will have to hit your puts a little harder meaning
a longer back stroke.
However, the usual thing is that the greens are still firm but the
grass is wet from the recent shower.
Believe it or not, the wet grass will have very little effect on
The break and roll will be the same and the put will not
have to be hit differently from a put on a dry surface.
This is because the grass is so short that it can not hold much water.
The ball may stop a few inches shorter if the rain has made the green
wetter than a light shower, but the difference will be very small.
Some greens you will encounter, especially on tournaments, will be
very fast indeed.
I have played on greens where if the ball was set
in motion, it did not stop until it reached the other edge of the
green on a down slope. Pretty impossible.
The trick here is to try to keep your ball below the hole at all
times so that you have an up hill put for all your puts.
You have to have this thought well in your mind at all times.
Make sure of your two puts and play for this.
You will find you will put your ball into the hole sometimes
without really trying to hole out.
The important thing is to avoid the very fast down hill puts.
A put across a slope is preferable to a down hill put.
As I have said, have this factor in your mind at all times while on
or near the greens.
This means that you leave your chips below the
Also your long puts.
Play your long puts and chips for position at all times.
You will be pleasantly surprised at your results for the day.
Because you have such a plan and are sticking to it,
you will find your confidence will soar.
You approach your first put with the thought of position
and not hitting it into the hole and a huge amount of the pressure falls away.
I know I have said this before, but put for two puts every time you are on the
Not for the one foot puts of course, but for the middle and
long distance puts.
I remember having a five foot put for birdie, and because I tried
to sink the put, I was too aggressive and put my first put too far
past the hole.
Result – a three put green and instead of one under,
I was one over.
It is funny how one remembers these painful lessons.
Out of the many, many puts one makes in a
life time, one or two remain in one’s mind for ever.
These are seldom the really good puts.
The really painful ones always remain