Dear Friends,

 

As the summer of 2002 comes to a close, some of the best weather for golf is upon us in virtually all parts of the nation. Dr. Putt hopes that you will enjoy your golf in more comfortable temperatures in the weeks to come.

 

The golf course is a healthy escape from the talk or wars and double dip recessions. Dr. Putt is certainly thankful for the mental respite that even four or five holes in the evening provide.

 

As the year begins to draw to a close, Dr. Putt invites you to consider several things in this newsletter.

 

1) Putting tip for the fall – beware of thinning grass!

2) Time to take stock!

3) The white hot 2-ball putter – is it for you?

3) Ryder Cup Thoughts

 

 

1)     Putting tip for the fall – beware of thinning grass!

 

As the summer grass begins to thin out, grain will begin to have more effect on the ball. This is especially true on Bermuda grass that has runners and leaves growing from the runners. The ball will also roll farther as fewer blades of grass slow it down. So allow more distance.

 

The increased break effect is most profound at the end of the putt when momentum is lost and there are fewer blades to cushion the ball from those runners. They then act as rails to steer the ball.

 

You have two options here. Account for increased break by allowing more break, especially at the end.

 

Or you can do like Tiger and ram the ball into the hole so that it still has momentum when it gets there.

 

Dr. Putt would advise the former for we mere mortals, as we score best when we avoid the three-putt.

 

2) Time to Take Stock!

 

This is a good time to begin to take stock of how you have progressed this year. So Dr. Putt encourages you to take a realistic look at your game right now.

 

·        How often are you hitting fairways?

·        How often do you hit greens when you have the ball within 150 yards?

·        Are you getting your chips close so that you can get down in two half the time?

·        Is your number of putts consistently in the low 30’s?

·        Are there shots that you dread?

 

If you have not been doing so, keep some records of your play in the last months you get out before the big chill sets in. Then sit down in front of the fire and think about where you are and where you can improve.

 

Dr. Putt will share some thoughts on that issue over the winter months. If you have not made the progress you want and if you have made an honest effort to practice and improve this year, it might be time to make some major changes.

 

3)     The white hot 2-ball putter – is it for you?

 

Dr. Putt has received many letters about the Odyssey 2-ball putter. Many of you have asked if Odyssey copied the EOB device and built it into a club. To see Dr. Putt’s answer and see a detailed comparison of the 2-ball putter with the EOB aiming and alignment device, visit http://www.drputt.com/deardrputt/Ody2BallPutter.php at the “Dear Dr. Putt” Website.

 

2)     Ryder Cup Thoughts

 

Much ink will be spilled speculating about the significance of and explanation for the US loss. Dr. Putt will not add to that endless buzz except to say two things. One, the galleries were a credit to the game of golf. We will do well to match their courtesy next time around. Two, losing was good for the long term competition, though sad for the US players and fans.

What Dr. Putt would like to observe pertains to putting, naturally! In the course of the competition, these players, the finest in the world, all made some long putts and missed some relatively short ones. That is part of the game. They understand that and maintain their same routines, doing their best and accepting the outcomes. We would do well to emulate that. Build a routine that is fundamentally sound and stick to it, knowing that some will miss and some will fall. A miss is not a crisis unless we make it one. Do not dwell on the negatives. Accept them and move on.

 

Remember to check the Dear Dr. Putt website for all your putting questions – a neat search feature now allows you to look up almost any subject you like – and the references are growing all the time!

 

Thanks for all your letters and questions and for making this the best summer yet for Dr. Putt.

 

Warmest regards,

Dr. Putt

 

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