Putting with the Flagstick In

Dave Pelz published an article in which he says this:

The test results were conclusive: You will hole a higher percentage of putts when you leave the flagstick in.

The hits just keep on coming. From shortly before Christmas, we got this gift:

The Cliffs Notes at the end give it away: leave the flagstick in. It’s going to help you.

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Rickie Fowler Goes 57 of 57 Inside 7′

File under: “Misleading Stat of the Week”

Rickie Fowler went 57 of 57 putting from inside 7′ in winning the Honda Classic at PGA National the past four days, and the statistic is being touted across the Internet and on Morning Drive as an astounding feat.

Rickie Fowler was fifth in strokes gained putting (SGP) for the week. So that’s a great week of putting. But was it his success from inside of 7′ that vaulted him to the top of the SGP list and the leaderboard? Rickie putted really, really well this week.

But did he putt as well as “57 of 57 inside 7′” implies?


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