When I think about playing golf, the first thing that always comes to mind is the tee box. I picture myself in the tee box with my ball set up, driver in hand, looking for my placement and how to best avoid water or woods. I imagine keeping my knees bent, my left arm straight, and my eye on the ball. At the tee box, I never envision myself 20 feet from the pin trying to get the perfect lineup to sink the putt. I never really focus on my short game.
A few weeks ago, we wanted to go play golf. The kids weren’t really into the thought of a four hour 18-hole excursion. The kids mentioned putt-putt. We giggled but then agreed. I hadn’t played putt-putt in a very long time. It was really eye-opening! I learned that putt-putt forces the golfer to focus on the slope of the green, the geometry of obstacles, the touch and feel of a controlled putter swing, and the dynamics of aiming. Of course, Astroturf isn’t like a real green, but some courses I have played on have greens that aren’t too far off the feel and speed of Astroturf. It was interesting to see how each person in our foursome planned, aimed, and swung in attempts to get the best score. It seems like it took almost as long as playing 9 holes because we were all concentrating and trying to do our best. It sure was fun and a different kind of challenge that we all welcomed.
The next time I go to play golf, I will be sure to hit the putting green after the driving range every time. I always forget how important putting is. I need to make myself remember! Playing putt-putt once in a while isn’t a bad thing. It helps me by presenting different sets of fun challenges. Plus, you don’t normally see Pirates and hidden treasure chests on a real golf course. So, I definitely need to hit the putt-putt more often.