How many of you do this or have seen this. You are on the putting green and your putt rolls past the hole outside of the leather, if you are playing this way, you then casually walk up to your putt and do some of the following. You back hand the ball with your putter and miss, spread out your legs over the ball with your back to the hole and putt between your legs and miss, walk up to the ball with one hand and rake the ball toward the hole like a dealer would rake in chips at a black jack game, and miss. Then you count the missed putt as made in your score. Of course sometimes the ball goes into the hole with the above scenarios. At the end of the round you proudly boast of the score you shot to your fellow golfers.
I agree. A putt's a putt, no matter how you do it.
Don't get me wrong, if I'm playing by myself and not keeping a serious score, I'll do this if it barely misses. However, if it goes off more than half a foot, I'll count it as a stroke. Never in a tournament setting or playing in a group, though. Bragging about your score after should be a no-no.
I have to say I don't do that. I am like a few of the others that commented. I want to putt the ball in the hole. We play if it's par or better no matter if it's in gimme range you have to putt it. But I will putt out even if it has been given to me. And if I miss then it's a stroke. I don't play in any tournaments but I look at it like this if I want to be consistant then I have to practice to do that. At some point I'm going to have a birdie (hopefully eagle…someday) where it's going to fall in that gimme range and I don't want to miss those opportunities. As they say Practice Makes Perfect!
I brought this subject up because I used to play with a guy that if the ball was 3 or 4 feet from the hole he would do a one handed putt or rake, making about half of them. At the end of the round he would comment on his score. On the way home riding with another player in the group, he would say, " Xxx said he shot a 81. I don't know what he shot." I would just laugh. I just wondered if anyone else had seen this or it was unique to Xxx.
I usually putt them all out unless someone sends it back when it's pretty close to the hole. Can't say I make all of them, but I still rather make a good percentage of them as opposed to taking all of them as gimmies.
When we play medal play tournaments at our club, there are a lot of golfers who never shoot a score near their handicap as you must putt everything out. When you're not used to putting 3-4 footers, they can be as hard as a double breaker from 10 feet.