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Why Is Putting a Golf Ball As Hard As We Make It?
Theoretically putting a golf ball should not be all that hard. As opposed to other golf shots, you aren't trying to get the ball in the air, making it a two-dimensional issue. Power, and therefore hitting the ball for distance, isn't a factor, putting all golfers on an equal footing. Weight distribution should not factor in, making for less moving parts during the swing than in other shots. But when it comes to amateurs, we have all witnessed some pretty disastrous displays for this very important part of golf.
So why is putting a golf ball so difficult? Because it seems so simple, everybody thinks they should be able to do it reasonably well. Therefore they don't take the time to understand the concepts of proper putting, and without that knowledge don't practice enough or know how to practice. Knowing that there are things you can do to make yourself a better putter is a good start. Then be sure to designate enough practice time to work on your craft. To make my point, next time you're at the practice facility, see how many people are on the driving range as compared to those on the practice green.

Written by Robin Austin — March 19, 2014

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