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How good is your putting inside 10 feet? Take this test

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There’s always that one guy you know — maybe he’s in your weekly foursome, or maybe it’s you — who seems to never miss putts from 10 feet and in. He makes all of his short birdie putts, and seems to miraculously save par from everywhere to keep his round going.

But how good is he compared to the best putters on Tour? And how good are you compared to the best putters on Tour? Well, you can take this test to find out.

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Put a tape measure in your golf bag and take it to the nearest putting green. Then measure off 10 feet from the hole, placing tees at each foot marker from 3-10 feet, and hit 10 putts from each distance. Record your performance from each distance, and compare your scores to the percentages of the best putters on Tour from each distance.

Note: You’ll get a more accurate comparison to Tour players if you scatter the tees around the hole, and choose putts with some break. After all, how many Tour greens are completely flat? But don’t be the guy who hogs the whole practice green.

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Amazing, right? The one that makes me say “WOW” is from 3-5 feet (98 percent)! Imagine if you made nearly every 4 or 5-footer throughout an entire season? Also, 61 percent from 10 feet is mind-blowing.

To improve your make percentage, check out the GolfWRX instruction articles on putting below.

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Tom F. Stickney II is the Director of Instruction and Business Development at Punta Mita, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (www.puntamita.com) He is a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher, and has been honored as a Golf Digest Best Teacher and a Golf Tips Top-25 Instructor. Tom is also a Trackman University Master/Partner, a distinction held by less than 15 people in the world. Punta Mita is a 1500 acre Golf and Beach Resort located just 45 minuted from Puerto Vallarta on a beautiful peninsula surrounded by the Bay of Banderas on three sides. Amenities include two Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses- with 14 holes directly on the water, a Golf Academy, four private Beach Clubs, a Four Seasons Hotel, a St. Regis Hotel, as well as, multiple private Villas and Homesites available. For more information regarding Punta Mita, golf outings, golf schools and private lessons, please email: [email protected]

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15 Comments

  1. Tal

    Nov 29, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    Is this comparing your individual performance to the best putter in each category, or just one pro with these numbers? If the latter I’d be shocked/amazed at how good this guy is. (Whose numbers are these?)

    Also, hitting the same putt 10 times in a row will eliminate green reading, giving you inaccurate numbers. Placing 10 pegs around the hole for each distance and putting them in a random order will give you a better indication of your putting skill as green reading and judging slope is a big part of putting.

  2. TexasSnowman

    Nov 28, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    ..Compared to the Best Putter on Tour from each distance, just about everyone reading this is awful… a better target would probably be to compare to the average on tour from each distance… although most of us would still be very bad.

    Pure greens do make a difference. On the rare occasion I play a nice course with pure rolling greens, I usually make more than my average percentage of putts from 15ft and under (after I adjust to the green speeds, which are usually significantly faster than the greens on the muni tracks I typically frequent).

  3. RHJazz

    Nov 26, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Seriously? Pros only miss twice for every 100 putts inside 5 feet? I must be watching the wrong pros. Now I feel even worse about my putting…

    • James

      Nov 27, 2016 at 1:36 am

      One thing to bear in mind is the PGA Tour Stats section lumps *all* putts under three feet into the three-foot mark. So every tap-in counts as a made 3ft putt. So it’s not so much that they miss twice from five feet, but that they make an inordinate amount of tap-ins that skews the percentage

  4. Denny Jones

    Nov 26, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Mark Broadie would disagree with your numbers. Pros don’t make 61% from 10′. According to Strokes gained from the pga website : http://www.pgatour.com/news/2016/05/31/strokes-gained-defined.html.

    Pros make about 38% from 10′.

    where did you get your numbers?

    • Emb

      Nov 27, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      He said these stats are for the best putter on tour from each distance not the average so yes the percentages are very high. An average tour pro wouldn’t be close to some of these numbers

  5. DaveMac

    Nov 26, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Some degree of real world adjustment is required to compare the pro’s and their snooker / pool table perfect greens and us, putting on 8 on the stimp poanna greens!

  6. Double Mocha Man

    Nov 26, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I tend to hit a lot of greens in regulation. If I had those statistics I’d never shoot above 73! Any chance i could get Mr. Spieth to putt for me?

  7. Progolfer

    Nov 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Be careful with statistics and trying to compare apples with oranges. Professionals play greens that are perfectly manicured. That plays a huge factor.

  8. SV

    Nov 26, 2016 at 9:31 am

    I also think the percentages seem high. 61% would be my 3-5 feet percentage, but that is why I don’t have “pro” after my name (among other reasons).

  9. Mike C.

    Nov 26, 2016 at 7:39 am

    These percentages seem high to me. For example I thought PGA Tour players averaged 75% from 5′ and 50% from 8′?

  10. James

    Nov 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Mine go:

    98.5
    84.6
    57.7
    60
    46.7
    11.1 – How bad is this haha
    50

    • M Smizzle

      Nov 25, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      Mine go?
      You play at the MLK course??

      • James

        Nov 26, 2016 at 1:32 pm

        The who with the what now? These are my stats for the year so far, Smizzmeister

  11. mike

    Nov 25, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Do you happen to have the same stats for an 80 shooter?

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