Putting Tools

Many have asked for the chart I used in the video. I have uploaded the excel file below.  It includes an area to input distance and slope + = uphill,  – downhill.  This is for the Nike putter lvl 77 and Nike ball lvl 71 I use.  It’s not exact for every course but is fairly reliable for me.

The table below that is where I measure how far to move the triangle pointer to account for the break.  You can find in the rows labeled “Boxes-Downhill” / “Boxes-Uphill”.  It is factored for the speed of the break (which you must eyeball and read) based upon the distance of the putt.  It takes a little getting used to and recommend taking notes on speed of break around the hole so you will have a reference going forward.  There is a section in the table to adjust the factor for extremely fast conditions (ie. BPB #15 behind front pin placement).

In the second worksheet is a table I created to “measure” how far to move the triangle on the screen.  Print it out and see how it works for you.

Disclaimer: These are guides and not absolute solutions.  I recommend practicing and potentially customizing for your own purposes.  We are all trying to get better at this game and this is my attempt to share tools I use with club members.  Again this doesn’t guarantee success but should be a decent aid. Good Luck!    

Putter distance and break factors

How to play a match at Olympic

This entry is primarily to help those playing the Starters Only Olympic tourney.  To set up a match at Olympic, follow these steps:

  1. From the main window, click the 2012 virtual us open button at the top right of the screen:
  2. That will take you to this window, where you will click “experience the olympic club” and “create a group”.
  3. From here it should look more familiar.  For 3 hole practice matches click “stroke play”:
  4. On the following screen select practice mode, olympic course and 3 random holes.
  5. Invite  your opponent.

Whistler Back 9 Notes

#10 – Par 3.  Ignore the elevation.  This hole plays 118 with full backspin shots and no wind.  The wind effect is about %60-70 (yds) of listed mph.  So if you are hitting into a 10 mph wind, play it 123.  Short and right seems to be a straighter putt, but hit it as close as you can.

#11 – Par 4.  If playing upwind, hit your drive full topspin (otherwise full bs).  The roll should get you into pitching wedge range.  Left and long are a no-no on this approach.  Those putts are unreadable and incredibly fast down the hill.  Play your shot to about 1/2 – 1 yd below the hole.  You want enough spin to stop the ball on impact, no more no less.  If you get above the hole, you must use your chip to read the break.  The chip reading is close.

#12 – Par 4.  This hole looks wide open off the tee.  It would also appear to slope left to right (true).  However, for some reason this game will send your ball up to the woody sand to the left if you find that cart path on the left side.  Don’t flirt with it just to gain a few feet in elevation.  The approach from the fairway is to a pin that is nestled about 1 yard from the top of an amphitheater shaped green.  The elevation change from 2 yds behind the hole to 4 yards in front is a good foot.  Adjust for wind and elevation and add 1 yard to your approach.  Take the pin out so you don’t hit it.  Land the ball 1 yard beyond the hole and it should stay up there.  Shots of equal distance that venture left will funnel back to the hole.  Short ones will roll 3-4 yards back down in front leaving you at 12 footer that goods 7 inches up hill (relatively straight).  A birdie is a good score given the extremities around the pin.

#13 – Par 4.  Hit your drive full BS unless there is a lot of wind in your face.  From there its wedge play.  Green is fairly flat by this courses standards, but 6 footers are still a lot of work.  Play your wedge full or punch as appropriate.  Minimize the spin to 0-2 yds of roll if possible.  Very straight forward.  Measure the distance correctly, ding your wedge and putt and its an easy birdie.

#14 – P4.  Drive over the top of any trees.  You’ll leave around 50-70 yards.  Punch it if you get gapped.  Aim a little right of the flag and the ball will trickle left to the hole.  Ding it or close.  Too far left is a mess.  Concentrate on the approach and you’ll make birdie.

#15 – P4.  Hit your drive over the tree and depending on the wind, it will feed 20-50 yard range.  From here you’ll be hitting to a target several feet below you.  This distance elevation change 50yd/7ft is pretty rare in the game.  Do not play it more than 1 yd shorter than a flat shot.  If you are hitting a 64 degree wedge, you certainly won’t get a 45 degree rise/run rate.  REMEMBER THAT!  The elevation drop is almost nil due to extra spin effect.  This green is flat for this course, you must make birdie here.

#16 – P3.  Simple hole.  Adjust for wind, tee and elevation, aim and hit.  However, the hole is easier than that.  If you miss right of the flag by 2-6 yards the ball will kick back to the flag for a very make-able putt.  If you miss left, no breaks.  Aim a little right of the flag and you increase your margin for error.  Get the distance right.  Birdie this hole.

#17 – P4.  Play the elevation change on your drive as about 1 yd/2 feet of drop.  Take some off if you like fairway.  If you gun it up the the 30/40% stuff its really just a 100 yd cleveland wedge shot, full bs.  So, no biggie.  For most people, they need fairway and spin control is a plus on this hole.  This pin placement is full of nastiness.  What you want is for the ball to land on the hill left of the flag and feed across it to the right.  Right of the pin, pin high is almost a straight 7 footer.  That is likely the easiest putt you can hope for.  It is entirely possible to get a 3 footer than gives you no better than 50% chance.  Ultimately, a little short and right is the target here.

#18 – P5.  This is an eagle hole if, you have an R11, Rocketballz or G20 3 wood.  Otherwise, lay your drive comfortably back or carry the deep stuff if you can drive that far.  The drive is the key here.  The fairway says you have 305 from the back tees.  The elevation makes this play about 280-285 with no wind.  To make matters worse, you’ll get a friendly forward kick into the deep rough if you carry 290 or so.  With no wind and premium distance balls, you should not hit your drive more than 95% here from the championship tees with the longer drivers.  You do want to get as close to the rough as possible though.  250 and in with the listed 3Ws gets you a very good shot at an eagle putt and a certain birdie.  With the 3W aim to the left edge of the neck of the fairway to the green.  The ball will certainly feed right quite a ways.  Right is flat.  If you measure your distance correctly you’ll have a make-able shot at eagle.