Gentlemen on the green

Hello there,

I was playing a round of eighteen holes when it occurred to me that we here at The Gentleman had not written a post on the most important part of the gentlemanly game of golf; putting.

Jack Nicklaus wasn't just a good at hitting the ball long distances, he was also good at rolling the ball short distances. Here we see Nicklaus in his trademarked 'putting hunch'.

Putting is half the game of golf.  That’s not meant to be some rhetoric tip, it’s true.  On a par 4 hole you are expected to have two shots on the fairway and two putts.  Then on a par 5 you have one more fairway hit and on a par 3 you just have the tee off onto the green.  Therefore half your score will be made in putts, therefore the less putts you have the better your score.  It’s maths at it’s best.

Here we see Sean Connery beating Goldfinger. Notice how Goldfingers stance is poor whilst Sean Connery has a good lean on his putter. He is getting into his 'zen' putting state.

Since putting is such an important part of the game a gentleman should focus half of his time perfecting his putt.  To do this a gentleman must get into a zen like state where he is one with the green, his putter and the ball.

Chevy Chase would often blindfold himself to get into this relaxed state. Notice here his childlike expression of calmness.

A lot of people try to perfect their putting by going out and buying extremely expensive putters, hoping that this will somehow ‘fix’ their putting.  This is not true.  The real trick to putting is getting to know your club.  A gentleman’s putter should be his second wife, and if he is unmarried, his first.  He must know the putter backwards and forwards and sometimes both.

Frank Sinatra is eyeing off someone who was looking at his putter. Nobody stares at Frank's wife that way. Notice the exquisite lean he has got going on.

If you know the putter, you will know how to putt with it, it’s that simple.  You could have the oldest rustiest putter in the cosmos but if you have learnt how to play with it, you should be able to putt like a professional.

Here we see a group of gentle-ladies putting in their plus fours. For these women the putter might not be their second wife, but more of a mistress or concubine.

A game of golf is more often than not, won or lost on the green.  Happy Gilmore had to learn this the hard way and he wasn’t even a gentleman, so therefore I am telling you this information in the hope that you will learn from the mistakes of the slovenly Gilmore.

Arnold Palmer rejoices in his newfound knowledge and skill on the green. Here he performs a rudimentary jig in celebration.

So there you have it.

G.O. Brixley