You know the old saying “do as I say, not as I do”. The days of my crazy good putting are temporarily on hold. But talking about the technique of face on putting (Sidesaddle) is always helpful to me. Here is a quick video with some different face on putters as well.
I had a delightful day yesterday with a dear old friend of mine who invited to me to play in an annual event played at Petaluma Golf and Country Club in Petaluma California. They have this amazing nine hole course on top of a mountain with incredible views in all directions. It’s a nine hole event where they set the tees all the way back, and literally put the pins on huge slopes mostly a few feet from the edge of the green.
Since I had never played the course before, I was curious to see how this format would go for me. What I learned was that my opening 4 putt on the first hole would not be my last. I missed several 2 foot putts, followed by other short misses. I hit all the greens in regulation except 2 greens and shot 6 over par, and that was with two birdies. The key was to start on the short sided uphill part of the green so not to 4 or 5 putt. Here is Alan with a tough putt, he made many:
And then Alan with a two footer that did not end well, this was my typical result. Sorry Alan to show the world this putt. But thanks for including me in this really fun afternoon.
But in the end the camaraderie won out, despite the fact that we both missed winning the new enormous trophy and beautiful red jacket, it was another day of meeting new great people, and forging new friendships. Often I need to remind myself that golf is my hobby, not my profession, and if it was I would have starved long ago. So enjoy the moment and Carpe Diem.
Stay tuned for what I’ll be doing during my one month break before I head to Florida for two major amateur events.