The putting lesson wasn't a fluke!
If you recall from yesterday's daily update, I was able to work with a man named Dennis Denton on my putting. Dennis is one of the best putters I know, and he made a couple adjustments to my putting stroke that put me in the zone.
I was anxious to get out and practice early this morning to continue to groove that feel and those changes. Unfortunately, it was raining this morning, and the course had just aerified the greens so the practice green was pretty sandy. I, however, was not to be deterred.
The way I see it is that this is one more hour I got to practice than the competition who wouldn't be out in these conditions. I believe hard work and determination outperform natural ability any day of the week.
After warming up for a few putts, I took out a tape measurer and placed 3 different markers 6ft from the hole. 6ft putts always rack my brain, so I wanted to get even more practice with these with the adjustments from the other day.
I putted 5 balls from each location and went around twice. Out of 30 putts, I made 27 from 6 ft. That's 90% – I was very pleased with those results, even with the sandy greens. I think the sand may have even helped me some as it forced me to be confident in my line and stroke in order to get the ball in the hole.
I then moved the marks out to 10ft and did the same routine, going around the horn twice. Out of 30 putts, I made 19. That's 63%, which isn't too shabby from 10ft! I know I need to continue to work from this distance – I need to make more putts from the 8-15ft range, but I wasn't upset with the results.
After this, the rain really started to come down so I cut my practice time short. However, the hour or so I did get on the putting green was very encouraging. I want to continue to hone these adjustments and put them into muscle memory, so I know for sure I'll be out on the putting green tomorrow morning to work on the same things.
Only 2 days until the NC Amateur Qualifier – I hope the weather holds out! I've an 8:50am tee time, so it's going to be wet and sloppy. Being good around the greens is going to be crucial in the wet conditions, so I will continue to focus on putting and short game during my practice session tomorrow.