Originally posted by ozzymac
That's my biggest problem Hoopie, consistency.
To give you an example, in that round i was on the green for 2 on what i consider the toughest par 4 on the course. (360m dogleg left with a creek running the entire left hand side which crosses the fairway 80m out and an elevested green with deep bunkers all around,. Oh i should mention that the entire right hand side is out of bounes).
One of my playing partners said "you'll 5 putt this" and i did. From there the next 5 holes were 9, 8, 10, 10, 9
Messed with my head
That hole sounds like a nightmare, certainly keep me awake at night. I would suggest a 4i off the tee to 160yds out then a 7i, all depends on wind and elevation, but a driver sounds too dangerous.
Putting is all about pace. I never buy into the saying "never up, never in" or "100% of short putts never go in". Totally wrong mind set. Yes you ideally want to make it to the hole, but those thoughts mean too many raced putts that take a couple more to get back.
I say "100% of putts that go past the hole do not go in". Bucket lid putting is a much safer bet. Just be happy 2 putting every green (especially ones you hit in regulation), just get the first putt close, you'll find a few drop in as well, but at worst your second putt is a short effort. Nothing mangles the brain like a 3, 4 or dare I say 5 putt. You lose all confidence on the greens and pace just goes out of the window. Next putt you smash 5 yards past, so sure enough the putt after is 3 yards short....arrrgghhhh.
Concentrate massively on pace, more so than direction. Get good at judging pace and you'll knock shots off your card quickly.
Big muscles are your memory muscles, they are the muscles that judge pace, not your wrists. Practice your putting where you only rock your shoulders, no wrist or leg movements.