Is Green Reading the most important skill in putting? According to Jon Karlsen, it is for elite players. Jon Karlsen wrote this dissertation “Performance in Golf Putting” in 2010 from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. It’s a long read but I hope you enjoy it. Here’s the Introduction in his abstract to give you an idea of what the paper is about.
Putting, which accounts for about 40 – 45 % of shots in elite golf, is a complex skill. To perform in putting an elite player needs to master green reading, putter aim and technique. Mental skills, equipment and strategy may also affect performance. Although several research papers have been published on the subject of putting, only a few focus specifically on putting performance. The aim of the thesis is to investigate different factors affecting performance in golf putting for elite players, and to compare the importance of those factors.”
Click on the link in the first paragraph to read. As I mentioned before, every other day or so, I’ll share a piece from my resource library for you to read or watch. Some will be geared more toward coaches and some toward players. As I’m sure you also know, green reading is now my main focus in teaching. I will be expanding to putting in general as time goes on so I look forward to working with you on AimPoint, your aim, your touch and/or your stroke.
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