Especially for erratic putters

Feb. 04, 1957
Feb. 04, 1957

Table of Contents
Feb. 4, 1957

Events & Discoveries
The Wonderful World Of Sport
Who Won?
Horse Racing
Snow Patrol
Fisherman's Calendar
The Footloose Sportsman
  • The big news from Chichén Ità and Uxmal is that some of the world's best duck hunting is now only a few hours away. Go, and take your wife with you. If she prefers to hunt history, the ancient Mayan ruins are both exotic and comfortable

Sport In Art
Tip From The Top
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back

Especially for erratic putters

By Jack Burke Jr.

Whenever you see a pro hole a putt of 20 feet or over, you can be sure that, regardless of the player's skill, luck also played a considerable role in the proceedings. Even the finest putter doesn't expect to have the accuracy to hole his long ones, but he knows that a few are bound to drop if he consistently gets the ball around the cup. This is at the back of his mind, of course, but what he is truly concentrating on in playing an approach putt is hitting the ball the correct distance; then, if his aim is a little off, he will still leave himself with a relatively short second putt and so avoid that greatest of spirit-breakers and round-ruiners, the three-putt green.

This is an article from the Feb. 4, 1957 issue Original Layout

For several seasons now I have used one set method—and with very encouraging results—of gauging the distance on my long and medium-length putts. I walk to a point on the line of my putt that is halfway between my ball and the hole, say 15 feet from the hole on a 30-footer. Standing at that halfway point, I can form a fairly accurate estimate of how hard I would have to hit the ball from there to get it hole high. I double that "strength estimate," and then I know about how hard I must hit my long one. This halfway reading method is a lot sounder, I find, than trying to assess your distance in one big gulp.

from JACK BURKE JR., Kiamesha Lake, N.Y.