The dreaded three-putt is the bane of most golfers’ game. Ironically, while putting easily accounts for 40-50 percent of your total score, most golfers spend more time on the driving range than the putting green. With that in mind, Dave “No 3 Putt” Perry has written a succinct 115-page gem that addresses exactly what every golfer needs to know in order to lower their scores as a result of an improved putting game. Perry’s “No 3 Putt: What the Pros Really Want You to Know to Improve Your Putting,” is a compilation of ideas and suggestions for improving your putting from some of the best teachers in the game of golf.
Perry’s interesting approach focuses on several key questions that are posed to each of the teaching professionals. One of the most interesting is the question regarding “who’s a role model for putting?” Ben Crenshaw’s name comes up quite often, as does David Toms, Anika Sorenstam, and Brad Paxton. “The attitude for a great putter is they feel like they are a great putter,” says Shim Lagoy, Orinda Country Club Master PGA professional. “We spend money on drivers but we should be spending the money on putters, if not more so,” he adds.
On average, golfers hit the driver about 14 times during an 18-hole round of golf. Putting, on the other hand, accounts for about 35 strokes, on average. Carol Preisinger, a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher in America since 2005, suggests that all golfers establish a base for their putting. “If you haven’t already charted putts per green, you need to start doing that now,” she suggests. “Find out how many putts you are having per round, use that as a base, then establish a goal. Two putts per hole is realistic if you practice.”
And therein lies the key: You must practice this game to be good, putting is no exception. The book also covers:
- The true importance of putting
- Key factors that limit putting success
- Tips and techniques you can use to improve your putting skills
- Top putting drills that will help you build and maintain your skills
For more information on Dave Perry’s “No 3 Putts,” visit www.no3puttsbook.com.
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer who lives in Olympia, Washington. Rick writes a golf column, “The RV Golfer,” which is published every month in rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.