Picture this: You are out on an amazing (childless) date night with some friends. You start out with some drinks and then move on to somewhere nice for dinner. Then, during dinner, a friend offers up a little wager. The wager is a round of putt-putt and the loser has to pay the dinner tab. Right away, you know that you cannot come in last as that extra money would look really nice in your “treat yourself” fund. You also know that you don’t consider golf one of your best talents, but you cannot be the only person to turn down the challenge. What do you do?
Well, you do not have to be Bubba Watson to win a game of Putt-Putt. You will, however, have to bring out your Happy Gilmore and find your happy place. All Chubbs Peterson meant by that was to take a deep breath, relax and not take it too seriously.
Our first and (what we think) most important tip for putt-putt is do not go first if you can help it. The reason for this is because you want to watch how everyone else fails or succeeds at each hole. Make sure to watch which wall or obstacle they bounce the ball against and where the ball rolls after that. If you can observe, you will learn a lot as you go.
Besides that main tip, here are a few other pointers that will sure improve your putt-putt game.
- Hit the golf ball squarely with the middle of your putter to ensure it goes directly where you are aiming it.
- Concentrate on clearing the initial hazards.
- To go along with the above, keep your putts short. Short but accurate shots will be the difference between beating the competition or buying your friends’ dinner.
- Strike the ball with authority. Balls hit daintily will not go over small hills or humps.
- Find your happy place. Focus on the hole and tune out all of the fun distractions. You can check them out between holes.
- Take control of the scorecard. Keeping track of the score may be annoying to some but you will always know where you are at compared to your competition.
- Control your grip. Use equal grip force and control with both hands. Hold your putter naturally (not too tight or too loose) and keep your arms straight.
Still don’t feel confident? Well, come to Charleston Fun Park for a practice date night or challenge the family to your first putt-putt competition. Then, you can be the friend offering the wager at dinner.
Whether it is a birthday, anniversary, date night, or any other kind of celebration, we challenge you to test out your new putt-putt knowledge with us. Find your happy place! We hope one of them is with us at Charleston Fun Park (but we understand if it’s Bali or something).