The Cut : The Cut - Autumn 2017
112 THE CUT THE SCIENCE BEHIND UNBELIEVABLE LIP-OUTS PRO SUCCESS RATES Professor Minton discovered PGA Tour pros make 80.1% of putts from five feet (1.5m) and the 19.9% they miss go an average of 60cm past the hole. When the simulated distance past the hole was reduced to three inches the percentage of putts that went in rose to 87.4% . TOO HARD TO DROP According to ESPN Sports Science, the fastest speed a putt that hits the centre of the hole will drop in at is 5.8km/h and the quickest a putt that is 2.5cm (1”) off the centre can be going is 4.3km/h. PERFECT SPEED The optimal distance a putt should finish past the hole to maximise your chance of the ball dropping is 8-10cm (3-4”) for short putts and 30cm (12”) for long putts.
The Cut - Summer 2017
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