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Game of the Weekend: Spiral

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An eye-opening aspect of watching PGA Tour events on TV is how the network displays percentages, or the likelihood, that a player is going to make a putt of a certain distance.

Technologies, like ShotLink, have really given the viewer a new perspective on PGA Tour players’ games and abilities. Most viewers assume a Tour player makes many more putts from each distance than he actually does. Seeing the percentages of putts made by PGA Tour players gave us the idea to come up with a putting game based around percentages of putts made that you can do in practice.

This Game of the Weekend, called “Spiral,” is a challenging game that will also teach you to persevere after a missed putt. It’s easy to setup, and great to improve your percentage of putts made while comparing yours to Tour players.

Game of the Weekend: Spiral

  • Gear needed: Putter, 5 balls and the printable scorecard below
  • Time needed: Approximately 20-30 minutes.

Rules

Watch the video below to see how to play.

Utilize the printable scorecard below to tally your putts then enter the PERCENTAGE of putts made from EACH distance. For instance, if you made 9 putts from 3 feet, that would equate to 90 percent, so you would enter a 90.

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Print this to keep score while you play.

Listed below are the average percentages of putts made by PGA Tour players from those distances.

  • 3 ft: 95 percent
  • 5 ft: 75 percent
  • 8 ft: 50 percent
  • 12 ft: 30 percent
  • 16 ft: 20 percent

Here’s what the game helps you with:

  • Hitting putts of varying distances and locations around the hole is always better than hitting from the same location over and over again.
  • It will likely show you distances from which you can improve and although the PGA Tour percentages listed above are their tournament putting stats, this Game of the Weekend gives you a fun way to compare to their numbers and/or a way to see and improve upon your own.

Have fun with Spiral this weekend!

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Trent Wearner is the No. 1-rated teacher in Colorado by Golf Digest Magazine, as well as a two-time Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year (2004, 2014). Along the way, he has been recognized as a Top 20 Teacher Under Age 40 by Golf Digest, a Top 50 Kids Teacher in America by U.S. Kids Golf and a Top Teacher in the Southwestern U.S. by GOLF Magazine. Trent is also the author of the book Golf Scrimmages and creator of the website GolfScrimmages.com

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  1. ooffa

    Oct 5, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Meh, bookkeeping. just throw some balls down and hit some practice putts. Stop the nonsense. Put the balls in a line. Put them down in a circle. Put them down in an arc. You’ll spend more time making shapes on the green with the golf balls then you will practicing.
    Here is a tip. If you make more putts then you used to, you are improving. If you miss more than you used to, you are not. Boom,,, there’s yer stats.

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