putting instruction is best taken in a few small doses. Too much is perhaps worse then too little. The result can be a great deal of confusion and a stroke that looks like your first carpentry project. Instruction needs to be based on your own natural tendencies. In short, putting instruction needs to be personalized. Too many of us are like busy little bees who spend a short time on every flower of advice we come upon and then more to another when it does not give instant help. The point is that we need advice that will help with our own particular problems, and then work on that advice, commit ourselves to it until we integrate it into our game--on the course under pressure. You can find the help YOU need at Dr. Putt. Dr. Putt will answer all emails about your putting problems, providing sage and serious advice with a light touch, based on his experience as a college golf coach and instructor.
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While Dr. Putt specializes in putting, he provides help on all aspects of the game. If you want confidential advice, feel free to use an alias -- many of those who do write use rather interesting names -- to the amusement of Dr. Putt and his readers. Golf is fun (or it should be) and even putting instruction should have a fun element to it. If you do not want your letter posted for other readers, just say so and your personalized putting instruction will remain completely confidential!
Dr. Putt would admonish all players that too many books and magazines make putting too complicated. Putting involves only three basic elements. (1) Judging speed and direction -- seeing the line after reading the green. That is the really fun and creative part -- the art of putting. (2) Lining up so that you are aimed along the intended line. (3) Putting along the intended line with the intended distance. While the player should learn from mistakes, too many players make major changes after inevitable human mistakes. Missing to the left or right can be a matter of misreading the direction or misaligning or poor execution or even stroking it too hard or too soft. For example, a putt that breaks to the right will be missed to the right if you putt it too softly and to the left if you putt it too hard. You simply either did not putt it hard enough to hold the line or so hard that it went through the break. How can you tell what is your precise putting problem? Write to Dr. Putt and tell him about your symptoms and then wait for your personalized diagnosis!
So to have your questions answered promptly -- before you miss any more putts or make any more unnecessary strokes, have Dr. Putt make a house call to your house! All questions are generally answered within 24 hours!