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Old 03-14-2010, 01:06 PM
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Do you still Push Putt when it is windy? or do you switch to the Spin Putt?

I played in 15-20 mph wind yesterday and could not Push Putt to save my life, but the other people spin putting seemed to be doing okay.

Normally I can make 100% at 15 feet and 50% around 20+ feet, but I was even missing 10 feet and under putts.

Any thoughts or advice would be appreciated.

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Old 03-14-2010, 01:55 PM
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My only adjustments for wind are take a little off for a headwind (to avoid the big bounce) and add a little extra for a tailwind. I'll also try to zip it on a line a little more often for mid-range putts just to take the wind out of the equasion (I'm usually a lob putter).
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Old 03-14-2010, 01:58 PM
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Spin putts are typically less affected by wind, but if you miss they will often miss further too. When push putting into the wind try keeping the nose down or level and aim lower. You want to putt with some authority, weak lofting putts get killed by the wind. Practicing in the wind also helps. Another thing to consider is what putter you are using, stability will make a big difference too.
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I normally push putt, but I always switch to spin putting when faced with a headwind. It's just a more reliable way to get the disc where it needs to go fighting the wind, in my opinion.
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Old 03-14-2010, 02:26 PM
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I'd imagine when I extend my range, it'll be less of an issue, but for now I have to spin when faced with wind
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I normally push putt, but I always switch to spin putting when faced with a headwind. It's just a more reliable way to get the disc where it needs to go fighting the wind, in my opinion.
took the words right out of my mouth

also, ive recently made the decision to lay up on 30'-50' puts in the wind instead of going for it, cause it usually leaves me with a tap in par shot.
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Wind putting requires a more; "see the shot and commit to it" attitude. In other words you need to drill your putts on a bit more of a straight line and be committed. As a rule, spin putts already have more of this style/mentality, built in.
Putting in the wind is probably one of those cases; more than just about any other; where you may be playing against your card; rather than the whole field. If you have two guys in your group who are blowing putts past in the wind; perhaps a lay up is preferred. On the other hand, if you need strokes, then you must commit to smashing home your putts.
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I switched to push putting after seeing spin putts go 20-30 ft past or take the up-up-and-away route, especially if your putter is understable. The up and down "lofted" flight pattern of a push putt lets me land close on a miss. Heck, when it's really blowing at me and I'm outside 30 ft, I've abandonned the putt and just chucked it under the basket.

I putt with a 172, so into a bigger headwind, I'll use a 175, typically just used for driving. It's not a huge difference but it helps. Keeping it a touch lower is a good idea, too. Make sure the nose stays down: nose-up releases will go out of control.
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Thanks for the great advice.

It looks like I will need to practice more push putting in the wind. I definitely need to work more on the nose angle and gauging the distance +/- wind.

I did start to lay up anything outside of 25 feet, but a couple times my drive ended up 10 feet from the basket and it was farther away after my push putt.

Thanks again!
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Spin putts are typically less affected by wind, but if you miss they will often miss further too. When push putting into the wind try keeping the nose down or level and aim lower. You want to putt with some authority, weak lofting putts get killed by the wind. Practicing in the wind also helps. Another thing to consider is what putter you are using, stability will make a big difference too.
Definately practice in the wind. Also I agree that spin putting will perform better in the wind. Push putts typically require more loft and hence more affect by the wind. Get that wind under the disc and it flies over.
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