Are you one of those people with a painfully slow putting routine? Do you have to look at it from every direction and still miss badly? You usually see this when a group is gambling because the green is where their game comes to a screeching halt.
I’m definitely not one of those guys. I take a quick look for any break and I’m ready to go.
@KennyCI agree with you...I look real quick to see any sort of break and then I putt. I don't even take a practice stroke. I have a good idea of how the greens are rolling and I go from there. I do see it alot when there is money involved. What drives me crazy is when the rest of the golfers are not ready to putt when the one person is done. They have to put their ball down and then size it up then go through whatever routine they have.
I will just about always get to the green before my playing partners, mark my ball, and pace off my distance to the hole without stepping on any lines. At the hole I'll take a quick look back at my ball mark and maybe do a quick plumb bob if there's a lot of side slope and walk back to my ball unless I am closest in which case I will offer to tend the stick or pull it and lay it out of the way properly. I can do this in less time than it takes my two or three partners to mark their balls. Before it is my turn, I will have stood behind the ball and determined line, again maybe a quick plumb bob, and I already know the distance from my first walk-up. If the putt is uphill or downhill, I will have looked at the line from one side to see how much I need to compensate for the slope. Once over the ball, I might take a practice stroke hovering the putter head above the ball and then lower it, take one breath, pull back and hit the putt. Unless the putt is abnormally breaking or sloping, I will hit the putt within five seconds of standing over it. This routine never varies if I am holing them from the next zipcodes or three putting every hole.
Each one of my normal paces is just under three feet. If my ball lands, say, thirty feet from the hole, that is ten paces. It takes about as long as it would take you to walk the lenght of a thirty foot living room. Under ten seconds to and under ten seconds back to the ball. It's not that arcane.
I stand behind the ball, far enough I can see the path I want the ball to follow, then I approach, address, take another look at the hole for distance feel, hit the ball.
Sometimes it takes longer to see the line
Even though I'm usually playing for a little wager, my putting routine is quick. I take a quick look at the putt from behind the ball, and then line the putter up and hit the putt within five or ten seconds. No practice stroke and no line on the ball to line up either. I played eighteen holes of skins with two other guys last week in two hours and fourty-five minutes, so you don't have to play slowly when competing.
I'm fast. Take a quick look and go. I don't draw line or arrows or anything on my ball. I just like to see what I think is the line and get going. I can't stand waiting behind people who take forever. Usually ends up with me skipping a hole to get around them.
Ha!! No, I don't think I'm that guy. I don't look at it from every angle but every now and then I will look at it from the opposite side just to get another look at the break. But once I address and look down at the ball I'm usually putting within seconds. My dad will stare over one for 15-20 seconds sometimes....kills me.