James Payne is the head golf instructor at Yalobusha Country Club in Water Valley, Mississippi and the president of Management and Motivation, Inc. He is also the author of So You Think You Can’t Putt, an irreverent book on putting instruction, which publisher, Worthy Shorts, deems the “down-and-dirty, nitty-gritty counterpart to Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible.” Mr. Payne is our guest blogger today, and he’ll tell why it’s so important to practice putting.
Why do so many players hit bucket after bucket of balls and don’t spend anywhere close to that amount of time on the practice green putting, even though everyone knows the quickest way to improce a golf score is to improve putting? You know and I know the reason players don’t practice putting is because putting is boring, real boring. How do you make practice putting fun? I don’t know and you don’t know. You just have to suck it up and do it. While you suck it up and practice remember 43% of golf shots are with a putter and half of all putts are within six feet. So when you do practice, spend at least 80% of your time practicing putting within the six foot range. You will see improvement and lower scores faster. It may not be fun to practice putting, but it is fun to experience lower golf scores and see the ball go in the cup with fewer attempts.