Putting Downhill

Golf is a sport where all the players talk to their balls, and it is not because their golf balls have scientifically been engineered to listen to their owners’ comments.  A golf ball is an inanimate object so it can’t hear what is being said to them and there is probably a really good chance that it is not going to listen anyway.  It seems like an irrational thing to talk to a golf ball, but this is done as golfers attempt to cope with a stressful situation.  Golfers like to try and coax their golf balls into going where they intended to hit them and they yell at their ball to turn, go or stop.  Golfers are silly people who talk to their golf balls as if they were misbehaved children that need verbal instructions on how to behave.  They may use profanity when they lose their tempers, or they could just be speaking gibberish, or this might be some type of survival mechanism to calm themselves down, or it could be that they just enjoy talking to their balls.

Putting is the part of golf that is done on the greens, where the hole is located.  If you reach the green in regulation, which relates to your golf ball being on the putting surface in the expected number of strokes prescribed in relation to par, which is a measure of distance along with the expectation that you are allowed two strokes for putting to achieve a par.  Hitting the greens in regulation is an important stat for golfers, as it means that you are reaching your intended target with an acceptable frequency, but it all comes down to how well you can putt.  You always try to sink your ball into the hole, but since you don’t want to waste too many strokes on the green, you should try to get your first putt close enough to the hole, so you can tap the next one in.  Downhill putts can be treacherous and that can be scarry enough to put the fear of God into you.  They are unforgiving, so you must know how to manage the speed that your ball will travel at once you strike it with your putter.

Golf is a relatively simple concept, as you hit the ball and try to get it in the hole using as few strokes as possible.  I enjoy playing golf, even though I am not very good at it, although I am more than a decent putter.  Putting is half the game, because it usually up at least half, if not more than half of your strokes.  The thing about putting is that you develop a feel for it and once you strike the ball with your putter, you have a pretty good idea of where your ball is going is going to end up.  You don’t want to hit your ball short of the hole on a downhill putt, because then you will be left with another downhill putt, and this means that you didn’t give your ball a chance to go in.

Golfers will say, “Never up, never in”, if your putt is short of the hole.  The thing that I like to think about is to keep the mother rolling, so I try to strike my putt hard enough so it can reach the hole, giving it a chance to fall into the cup.  Sometimes a putt will get away from you, like when you hit the ball, you instantly know that you used the wrong stroke, but there is nothing that you can do about it them, so you have to roll with it.  Never up never in is usually just used for short putts, but since it is much easier to putt uphill, you want to make sure that you keep the mother rolling.  If my golf ball is not losing momentum as it approaches the hole, I will yell at it, “Hit a brick”, hoping that this will make it stop.  You should always try to give yourself a chance of sinking your putt, but if you leave it close to the hole, that is the next best thing, as at least that will make your next putt a bit easier.

Written for Wednesday Thoughts where the phrase this week is “Keep the Mother Rolling”.

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