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.