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Inbee Park on why she’s the best putter in the world from 10-15 feet

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Inbee Park has long been considered one of the best putters in the game, and thanks to a study delving into the stats on the LPGA Tour, the South Korean could well be the undisputed best putter in the world.

According to LPGA stats, which are compiled through KMPG Performance Insights, Park has a stunning conversion rate of 64% on putts from 10-15 feet. To put that into context, PGA Tour golfers make around 30% of putts from that range, with the leaders in that statistic making 10-15 foot putts 40 to 41% of the time.

So just why is Inbee so deadly from that range? Well, according to the 7-time major champion, it’s all to do with the mind.

“I heard about the stats, and I wasn’t surprised, because I always kind of felt a lot more comfortable putting 10 to 15 feet than like 6 to 8 feet or 5 to 7 feet.

I heard the percentage is higher to make the 10- to 15-footer. I think this really comes down to the mind. I feel a lot more relaxed doing 10- to 15-footer where I don’t have to make the putt, right? It’s usually less than half of the percentage that I’m going to miss. 

So, but like 3 to 5, 7 feet, you know, I think I’m putting too much pressure on myself, so maybe that’s why the percentages are lower. That’s the game I’m trying to get.”

Last week, So Yeon Ryu told media that Park’s exceptional putting comes down to her trusting the process of hitting the line with the correct speed and is less hung up about whether or not the putt drops. A theory which Park confirmed this week.

“Yeah, I think (Ryu’s) pretty dead correct on that one. On the greens, there are some many variables that you have to take into account. It’s just hard to think about everything. There are so many things happening on the way to the hole. … (after) the ball goes off the clubface there is nothing I can do. I’m just trying to put the right speed, the right line, and that’s pretty much all I can do.”

Park is back in action this week at the Founders Cup, and you can check out her putting prowess when she tees off Thursday at 12.39 p.m ET.

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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  1. Pingback: Scotty Cameron putter sells for just over a dollar – GolfWRX

  2. Garth

    Oct 9, 2021 at 12:02 am

    The greens she puts on week in and week out are not as tough as the PGA tour in speed and contour… less tougher courses for the girls

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Pro travels half way across world for qualifier and is disqualified after one hole

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Rules are rules.

In ordinary life, there are principles we must stick by. We may not agree with all but rules, or laws, are there, and it’s helpful to know them.

That’s also true in sports. And golf, in particular, loves a rule.

Over the years, golf has witnessed hundreds of infringements and penalties from the logical to the bizarre, and recent times has seen both.

Five months ago, Alex Cejka was disqualified for the second time for infringing a rule on green-reading, whilst in June, Hideki Matsuyama was dq’d for playing with a non-conforming club.

Over on the DP World Tour earlier this month, we reported on the expulsion of Aaron Cockerill from the Made In Himmerland tournament, after hitting his second ace in seven days, following that with a snowman, and forgetting to sign his card!

Golfers can, of course, use the stranger rules to their advantage.

Surely the most bizarre might be the regulation that allowed Thomas Pieters to gain a mulligan after ‘mis-hitting’ a putt at the Open de France, later to be re-interpreted, although, of course, too late.

‘Know your rules’ would be a simple maxim for all players and caddies, so it’s tough to feel too sorry for Blake Abercrombie, despite him losing circa $5000 because of an unavoidable error.

The mini-tour and Canadian Tour player entered the latest stage of the DP World Q-School at a cost of $2000 entry, plus his cost of flying from the US to Denmark – and ended up going home much earlier than planned.

Ryan French (@acaseofgthegolf1) used his infamous Twitter account to inform us all:

Replies asked whether the punishment fitted the crime, whether the rules consider the pressure these players are under, and why it isn’t simply a two-shot penalty like many other consequences.

To silence all, fellow entrant Nico Paez explained it to us all in his brief response :

We may not agree with all but rules, or laws, are there, and it’s helpful to know them.

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Report: Major sponsor becomes first to urge PGA Tour to hold peace talks with LIV

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According to The Telegraph, a major investor is urging both the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour to have “peace talks” with LIV Golf.

Johann Rupert, who is the chairman of Richemont, a Swiss luxury-goods maker, has invested over $100 million into the sport of golf.

South Africa’s richest man issued a statement to tournament spokespeople at St. Andrews for this weeks Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

“This is the Home of Golf and we are all here to celebrate golf,” the spokesperson said from St. Andrews. “There needs to be a cessation of hostilities which are threatening the future of the game we all love. People need to talk to each other to find a solution.”

There doesn’t seem to be any type of negotiation imminent between the rival tours. According to LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, Jay Monahan hasn’t returned any of his phone calls since the inception of LIV Golf. Commissioner of the DP World Tour Keith Pelley has also expressed he doesn’t have much desire to work with Norman.

Patrick Reed and Peter Uihlein got a sponsors invite from Rupert. Although Reed withdrew with a back injury, many believe that Rupert was sending a message with how he used his sponsors invite.

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Report: LIV Golf closing in on deal to PURCHASE airtime with major network

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According to Golfweek, LIV Golf are closing in on a deal that will see the breakaway tour televised on Fox Sports 1.

The report indicates that LIV Golf will be paying Fox to air their product, which is unusual of television deals. Typically, the media company will pay a rights fee to the sports league to air the tournament.

Golfweek speculates that this move “will be widely interpreted as a failure to attract serious commercial interest in what it is offering.”

LIV Golf CEO had reportedly been shopping his product around to multiple media companies just as recently as a few weeks ago.

“We’re talking to four different networks, and live conversations where offers are being put on the table,” Norman told ESPN. “They can see what we’re delivering.”

LIV was still angling to receive a rights fee in the second year of the deal, but Fox reportedly declined to accept their proposal. Fox will be willing to renegotiate a rights fee at a later date.

The final two LIV events of the season, including a match play event at Trump Doral in Miami, Florida are planned to be shown on Fox once the deal is completed.

The arrangement is not yet finalized.

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