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Brooks vs. Bryson – The Match

Brooks vs. Bryson – The Match

We thought it was all over when they embraced at the Ryder Cup, admittedly after strong encouragement to kiss and make up from their USA teammates. Perhaps peace had finally broken out. But after 2 years of exchanging blows on Twitter and jabbing away about speed...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Golfer
Scrambling a recovery

Scrambling a recovery

When you hit a poor shot and the ball ends up somewhere less than ideal, how well do you recover to make a nett par?  Do you take your medicine and take a drop or the sensible route, adding up an extra stroke, or do you try and hit a heroic risky recovery shot?...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Camera and tripod
How big are your greens?

How big are your greens?

I’m not talking about the size of your vegetables but those patches of turf we spend our days trying to hit in regulation. How can you miss? My last round of golf included just 7 greens in regulation - that’s about 40%, compared to a PGA tour pro’s GIR  stats of...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Marker
Why PuttBANDIT?

Why PuttBANDIT?

Why do you need a PuttBANDIT?  To us, the answer is obvious - which keen improvement-minded golfer doesn’t want to set their putting line better? We want to be better golfers We want to play better, shoot lower scores, maybe win a friendly four-ball now and then or...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Boy golfer
Don’t miss those short ones

Don’t miss those short ones

I have to admit that the most frustrating thing for me is to miss a very sinkable short putt, or worse, a tap-in. We’ve all done it. Thankfully I do that less often these days but when I do miss a short one it’s very annoying because I’ve wasted a relatively easy...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Jumping man
Today I booked a tee time!

Today I booked a tee time!

It was just by chance that I glanced at my phone. I had an email from my golf club saying the booking system had opened. Fantastic. It had been a massive 30 minutes since the email was sent, so fearing a panicky rush to book tee times, I panicked and rushed to book...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Bridge
Things we never knew about golf

Things we never knew about golf

I like unusual facts, and although I have been playing golf for a long time, I still come across interesting facts that I didn’t know. Here are just a few of them. 4 under for the hole Scoring a hole in one on a par 5 or taking two on a par 6 is called a ‘condor’....

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Dog's head
What do I do now?

What do I do now?

Oh what to do without golf during lockdown? We’re getting PuttBANDIT up and running as soon as possible, despite the challenges that lockdown brings. But outside of that, I’ve worn a groove in my living room carpet, not just from putting, but by practicing my very...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Measuring tools
Going the distance

Going the distance

Last week the R&A and USGA released ‘The Distance Insight Report,’ delivering a comprehensive 102 pages of research data and analysis about the contributors to, and long-term impacts of, hitting distance in golf. 100 long years If you pride yourself on your...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Golfer shouting
My golfing bugbears

My golfing bugbears

Although I love the game of golf, and really miss it when I can’t play, there are certain things about the game, highlighted below, which can drive me up the wall, especially during a particularly bad round. You may agree or disagree or have others of your own so...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Landing strip
Vernier acuity

Vernier acuity

Vernier acuity isn’t the latest French golfing prodigy. It is the ability to detect misalignment amongst parallel line segments. Put plainly, it’s why stripes can help you putt better. Get perspective Imagine a long straight road - or runway. The farther you look...

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Golf 2020 roundup
Golf 2020: A bit different

Golf 2020: A bit different

Well, what a year 2020 has been in many ways, and golf was no exception. ‘Unprecedented’ is the word used almost daily when referring to COVID19, but it also applies to the changes golf has gone through in 2020. COVID golf I stopped being a fair-weather golfer a...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Golfer holding clubs in fron of her eyes
Wear glasses? Missing putts?

Wear glasses? Missing putts?

I’m passionate about finding repeatable and reliable ways to improve my game. I’m also very shortsighted and wear varifocal glasses. I’ve worn glasses since before I began golfing as a junior, and through the years, I’ve noticed how my eyes can sometimes deceive me...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Balls in a row
Drawing a line

Drawing a line

I can’t imagine going out to play golf and not having a line on my golf ball. Anything that conforms to the rules of golf that helps me stroke the ball in the intended direction is worth a try. I even use the line to help me focus on my swing path on the tee. To...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Boy with club
How did you get into golf?

How did you get into golf?

I’m always fascinated to hear how people got into the game of golf and the answers usually have some interesting stories. What inspired you to give the game a go? I owe my love of golf to my Grandfather. When I was a lad, I was packed off in the summer to spend a...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Smartphone screen
Data driven golf

Data driven golf

It’s the twenty first century and data, statistics, digital platforms and devices are increasingly influencing our everyday lives. So thank goodness we can leave that all sciencey stuff behind on the golf course to take a break from all pervasive big tech. Or can...

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PuttBANDIT | Visibly Better Putting | Green
Consistency – or lack of it

Consistency – or lack of it

Why do we perform well on some days and not so well the next? Or in my case, why is my first 9 of a round consistently mediocre but the back nine is usually very good?  I put it down to warming up and getting into a rhythm. What’s consistent about your golf?...

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