Before his final round at the Tour Championship on Sunday, we saw Rory McIlroy make 55 consecutive putts from the same spot about 10 feet from the cup.
While that was impressive to watch, it's probably not the best idea for average golfers to challenge that mark the next time they practice or get ready for a round.
“My question is, ‘Was it beneficial?’” said Eric Alpenfels, a PGA Professional and Director of Instruction at Pinehurst. “A lot more amateurs would benefit from putting around the green since that’s what more people will face in a round.”
By moving around on the green, amateurs get the chance to explore a few different breaks and practice from different distances.
So how long should golfers stay in one spot? That is entirely up to them and how they feel.
"It really depends on the distance," Alpenfels said. "If you make 7 out of 10 from 3 feet, then that's a good spot to move on. But it's not so much about making so many in a row as it is about forcing themselves to make the right read and the right stroke. ... It's definitely not making 55."
This is similar to what PGA Professional Chris Starkjohann recommends in this video.
There are added benefits from moving around the green. Not only will it help golfers get ready for their round but it also helps them become an overall better putter.
“A lot of times, amateurs will read the green but they can’t get the right stroke for the breaks that they read,” Alpenfels said.
Golfers should be focused on more than just making sure they can hit from a couple spots on the practice green though. They can also use it as an area for fine-tuning the more technical aspects of putting.
Alpenfels said one of the most common mistakes he has witnessed from amateurs is their incorrect posture.
“Most amateurs don’t put themselves in position to make a stroke without a lot of movement,” he said. “…I’m a big fan of getting your posture correct and letting your natural motion take over.”
To get more help for your putting, watch this video featuring Alpenfels or contact your local PGA Professional.
Let's preface this blog by reminding everyone of a simple fact: Stacy Lewis is one of the best female golfers on the planet and has been for some time.
That said, Lewis did something over the weekend in the Evian Championship that the rest of us can relate to, unfortunately.
During the third round on Saturday, Lewis was faced with a long-distance shot from a fairway and elected to use a fairway wood. What happened next is, well, ugly (Vine from @NoLayingUp on Twitter):
Raise your hand if you can do that.
Lewis still managed to tie for 16th in the tournament. Oh... and she's also still the No. 1 ranked player in the world.
The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles is almost here. The matches tee off from Scotland next Friday.
To help get you ready, we'll be highlighting "flashbacks" in Ryder Cup history.
Today's offering comes from the 1993 Ryder Cup at the Belfry in England, where the U.S. won 15-13.
That was Tom Watson's first year as a U.S. Captain and -- to date -- stands as the last time the U.S. won on foreign soil. It was also the last time the U.S. retained the Ryder Cup (or, won two in succession).
Europe took a one-point advantage into the Sunday's singles matches, but the U.S. won the singles session, 7 1/2-4 1/2.
Sit back, relax and enjoy this day-by-day breakdown:
Well, I've run out of fingers and toes on which to count.
While practicing before the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake, Rory McIlroy made 55 consecutive putts from 10 feet. That's right, 55 in a row.
That alone is an impressive accomplishment. When you see all 55 made in 44 seconds, it looks even more amazing.
That video is just further proof of why Rory is the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world right now.
In case you were wondering, Guinness World Records does not list an entry for most consecutive putts made. Maybe Rory should submit this video.
McIlroy entered the final round tied with Billy Horschel for the lead at 9 under. They were two shots clear of Jim Furyk.
Want to be able to practice like Rory? We can't guarantee that you'll make 55 putts in a row, but this video should help you out.
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