Amazing video shows the difference between good and bad putts

Good putt, bad putt; most golfers generally judge the difference by whether the ball goes into the hole or not. But talk to professional golfers, and almost all of them judge the quality of the putt not by the result, but by the roll itself.

But for those of us who may not be as detail-oriented as the pros, what defines a good roll?

A basic explanation is that it’s a ball that gets rolling quickly, on your intended line, with minimal skidding and bouncing. The latter two are especially important, because the more skid and bounce your ball has when it leaves the putter face, the more likely you are to struggle with consistency in distance control and direction on the greens.

The video below shows why. On the first putt, the ball is struck in a way that gets the ball rolling quickly and without much skid; on the second, you can see it starts with far more skid, and doesn’t roll as much. Putting instructor Marcus Potter, who shared the post, explains why:

If you pay attention in this video you’ll see the shaft of the putter on the bottom is pointing more behind the ball (hands behind it, extra loft), while the shaft of the putter on top is more vertical (hands more on top of it, better impact position). This has the caused the ball on bottom to skid instead of roll (was launched more as a result of the extra loft).

Watch the full video below. Focus on improving the roll of your golf ball, and you’ll probably make more putts along the way.

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Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.