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Practice makes perfect.  How many times have you heard that? I remember the first time I saw that quote. I have always been a very competitive person and the quote really got to me.  I had dreams of playing golf like my childhood hero, Seve Ballesteros, and this quote spoke to me.  Practice makes perfect.  I took it to heart and for the next 15 years I applied it to my game.  I remember telling myself over and over “Practice makes Perfect”.  I would stand over 10 foot putts and not move on to the next station unless I made 50 straight.  I would do so thinking that the toughness of my practice, would indeed make me better, make me perfect.  Wow how times have changed.  I have come to realize how misguided that quote really was because of the way the words were arranged.


The more time I have spent teaching Tour players and analyzing their stats the clearer it is that if the best players in the world are not perfect, why should I. Don’t get me wrong, PGA Tour level players are extremely good and really talented but they are not but any means perfect.  Did you know the average percentage of putts made from 8 feet out on the PGA Tour is 54%? Be honest, you probably thought it was much higher than that especially if you base your opinion from the countless of airtime on TV that shows us players making putt after putt. So, if the best players in the world are making just over 50% of their 8 footers on perfect surfaces, why do the rest of the golfing population feel the need to make very single putt on less than perfect surfaces?

My job as a coach has been to manage my players expectations as well as to develop practice routines that will help them progressively improve.  That is why I believe that perfect practice is more important.  With the use of The Perfect Putter I have been able to create different putting stations that help players develop the 4 key skills of putting. Green reading, alignment, speed and stroke/aim. Through these practices every player will see gradual improvement in their putting as well as in their scores. I can’t stress it enough, proper, well thought out and purposeful practices are worth much more than their counterpart.  Start focusing on the intensity and purpose of your practice routines over the amount of time logged “practicing”.  Remember, practice doesn’t make perfect, PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT!



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