By Geoff Mangum

Here are six main ideas about putting.

1. First, “skill” requires knowledge of cause and effect.Ben Hogan was right: golf consists of two different games — one in the air and the other along the surface of the green. And typically, putting amounts to 40-45% of the strokes in every round of golf.

So why have golf media and golf teachers effectively ignored putting throughout the history of the game?

Rule No. 1: don’t do THAT — pay attention to putting.

Paying attention to putting means UNDERSTANDING putting as a consort of skills (reading, aiming, stroke for line, and stroke for distance or ball pace). Putting skills are skills of perception and movement.For every putt, the golfer needs the skill:

1) for reading the putt as perceiving the curved path the ball will follow (given the intended pace) from address into the cup;

2) for perceiving the start line of the curve and aiming the putter face accurately into the…

Read the rest of what Geoff has to say about How to Think About Putting in the July 2018 Monthly Handicap Improver here:

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