Practice Putting on the Carpet

Dear Frank,
Thanks for the informative articles that keep coming to my inbox.  They are much enjoyed.

My youngest son and golf buddy gave me one of your Frankly Frogs for Christmas, I love it!!

The only place I have to practice until the snow melts is in my living room.  Is there any way to measure the “speed” of my carpets so that I will have some idea of how hard to putt when spring comes?
Thanks again

Paul

Paul,
First thank you for the kind comments about our weekly Q&A and I am pleased you love your Frankly Frog Putter and have joined many other golfers who have found the secret to more enjoyment on the green.

 It is always a good idea to work on your putting mechanics during the winter – a) don’t break your wrists; b) keep your eyes fixed to a spot immediately behind the ball during and after you have made the putt; c) swing with good rhythm. These are only a few, but very  important tips, and I do recommend that you use a Frog Stick to enhance your practice.  

Most commercial carpets with a close nap often found in your office or in hall ways will be about 15 to 18 foot on the Stimpmeter. They don’t seem this fast because of the flatness of the floor. In some cases these speeds will exaggerate your putting woes so it is a good place to practice. Home carpets are generally slower than commercial carpets but if the nap is relatively tight then this may be somewhere you can work on your mechanics. Just remember that irrespective of the speed of the green (or the carpet) the mechanics don’t change.

Paul as soon as the snow melts get out on the green using your well practiced mechanics and  develop a pre-shot routine which includes reading the breaks and then just re-calibrate for the differences in speed between the carpet and real grass.

Have fun with your Frankly Frog putter.

Frank

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