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“Spieth was distraught, conceding he was unsure if he could fix the issue in time for Augusta National,” writes Joel Beall who headlines his article, “Why Jordan Spieth's putting struggles won't matter at the Masters”.

Now I’m not so sure
Joel writes, “Analytics and statisticians have long established that "Drive for show, putt for dough," is a misnomer,” but I’ve never been convinced that it is a misnomer and have put my attitude down to my doubts about the statistical model employed by the ‘experts’. A kind of, “There’s lies, damned lies and there’s statistics,” but now I’m not so sure. Joel has come up with some interesting thoughts and statistics.

No need to putt great

Joel writes, “Tournaments are routinely decided by a player's performance off the tee and in approach, with the work on the dance floor ancillary, if not downright irrelevant, to the proceedings,” and later on quotes Rory McIlroy.
"At Augusta you don't need to putt great, you need to not waste any shots, no three putts, hole everything inside five feet," McIlroy said. "You don't need to hole every 15-footer that you look at, you need to be efficient, just not to be wasteful,” and leaves me thinking, “But isn’t holing everything inside five feet and no three putts at Augusta great putting numbers?

Why the disconnect?
Joel writes, “So why the disconnection between axiom and actuality? As a few have attested, Augusta National's greens are so severe that it curbs the facility of good putters. The putting surfaces' subtly and extremes—while fast in parts, going uphill and against the grain can be surprisingly slow at Augusta—create a defensive mindset. Speaking on the subject in 2013, Johnson said putts aren't necessarily made but lagged, while Mickelson has remarked he tries to "float" the ball towards the hole.”

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“Phil Mickelson, winner of the Masters in 2004, 2006 and 2010 and one of the best putters the game has ever seen, says you "float" the ball toward the hole in hopes of making a putt on the undulating greens.” - Steve DiMeglio

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