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Talking Putting


I'm Lisa Malaws, a professional tour caddie for over 20 years working across 4 continents and in over 20 countries. I am also just a humble mid-handicap club golfer. I don't profess to be a sterling putter myself but I know a lot of people who are!

I started putting more than 50 years ago on holidays in the Kingdom of Fife in Scotland, the renowned home of golf. As a child I never connected this ball-rolling ritual with the so grown up, elite game of golf. My brother and I would go along to a town's dedicated 'lawn' surrounded by low green trellis fences and stone walls and pay our sixpence at a kiosk to rent a well-used wooden shafted putter and a battered ball. We would then see who could roll it nearest to roughly cut holes. Each hole was indicated by a stumpy red metal pin painted with a white number, one through nine. It was fun; it was simple; it was challenging. ...But also child's play!

Putting greens in Fife were evident in just about every town and village, but the 'Himalayas'* in St Andrews was my regular treat. On the seaside edge of the hallowed Old Course - and still there to this day - the humps and borrows of this links putting green proved fascinating. Creativity was needed to have any chance of rolling the small ball near the hole. A degree in trigonometry would have helped ...but laughter, fun and determination served almost as well.

And then, many years later, I took up golf. It became more serious. My putting lacked consistency and form. Embarrassed, I rushed to take my putts and it only got worse. Then with steadfast focus, with study, rhythm, technique and practice it began to become a bit more reliable.

But, as with all golfers, it will always be a work in progress.


* The 'Himalayas' in Fife is an enjoyable, undulating, mogul field - an 18-hole 'links' putting course open to the public: golfers and non golfers alike. It has been owned by St Andrews Ladies’ Putting Club since 1867. 



  With thanks and appreciation for all the talented pros who have contributed to my putting education. For their advice and guidance and the privilege of working closely with so many international celebrated winners.  


You may like to read my light-hearted article on golf styles, including putting, to find out:

'R U a Vicar or a Tart?' 


A great quote from the great, late US baseball legend Yogi Berra:

"You can't think and hit at the same time!" 


I intend to regularly update the PuttingSmart website with more nuggets of information, putting guidance, news, discoveries, events and the latest putters and training gadgets. If you have something you would like to contribute please contact me: lisa@puttingsmart.com