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Golf: Poor Putting – Sure-Fire Solution Or Psycho-Babble?

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

The story goes, “When Rory McIlroy first approached Dave Stockton for a putting lesson after a period of mediocre performances on the green, it’s reputed that the former US Ryder Cup captain and double major winner first asked him to sign his name.”

Bob Warters’ headline reads, “How Stockton cured Rory’s putting” and maybe you’ve not already read about Dave Stockton’s “signature” suggestion.

Write your signature and then try to copy it and see how difficult it is to precisely replicate your signature.

Dave’s advice to Rory and readers of his book, Unconscious Putting, “Think of your putting stroke as natural as signing your name.” And cut out the mechanics.

Sure-Fire Solution Or Psycho-Babble?

Maybe it’s because I’ve read way too many self-help books with alleged solutions, I’ve grown sceptical about simplistic, sure fire solutions that sound credible.

And then there’s this, “When you want to get the right mix of temperature in the shower you don’t read a piece of paper that says ‘turn the hot knob three inches, the cold knob two inches’ – Nice try Dave but can’t turned on by that mind-set.

As to the secret of Rory’s improved putting success thanks to Dave Stockton. I’m inclined to think it was simply a matter of applying a wee putting tip that worked, continued to work and consequently built up Rory’s confidence,

Part of Rory’s problem was missing left with his putts and, “It took five minutes for him to see that adjusting his hands a little higher made them go in.”

Dave’s book comes highly recommended at Amazon. 4.5 stars out of 5 and 24 reviews. However the Scottish sceptic in me tends to agree with Granite Bay Golfer.

“First and foremost there is almost nothing about READING putts. If you have trouble figuring breaks this book won't help you. Mr. Stockton can easily "see the line" and you are expected to already have that ability.”

Ummh! Never heard of Granite Bay.

But now I know thanks to Googling their web site.

“Among the granite outcroppings, mature oaks and natural lakes in the Sierra Foothills, Granite Bay Golf Club is Northern California’s premier golf facility. Granite Bay is a Certified Audubon International Signature Sanctuary with a championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Kyle Phillips.

Indeed I am impressed, “a Certified Audubon International Signature Sanctuary”,

Further to conservation matters, and my previous post which made mention of Royal Dornoch. Colin Farquharson at Scottish Golf View posts this news from Robin Wilson.

“Royal Dornoch invest in eco-friendly equipment – Six new hybrid mowers”

Head Greenkeeper Eoin Riddell said, “We wanted the hybrids to reduce the chance of hydraulic leaks, we are impressed by the way the mowers follow the contours of the ground – the cutting units just hug the surface to give a really nice clip”.

One the very best golf courses  just got better.

Here’s the link to Bob Warters and to Scottish Golf View  

Quote of the day

I never prayed that I would make a putt. I prayed that I would react well if I missed.” – Chi Chi Rodriguez

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