By Mark Immelman, Special to PGATOUR.COM
Championship at the TPC River Highlands provided pleasant respite
for the players and their caddies after the workout they got during
The U.S. Open at Olympic. Heavy overnight rains softened the
conditions and certainly made the hole-locations more accessible
and this made birdies the order of the day through 36 holes. The
softer conditions also made the course play a little longer and a
bunch of “bombers” showed up near the top of the
leaderboard, but even though powerhouses like J.B. Holmes, Camilo
Villegas and Blake Adams are lurking they will have to overtake
scrambler-extraordinaire, Fredrick Jacobson.
Week in and week out, Jacobson is noted on the PGA TOUR for
his abilities around and on the greens. For the club golfer, I
believe that Freddie is a super player to watch and learn from on
many fronts. Jacobson has remained true to his style of play and
has only made what appear to be only fine refinements to his swing.
He has however always been a fantastic scrambler and he continues
to take advantage of the course around the greens. Indeed I
remember watching him play many years ago at Crans-sur-Sierre in
Switzerland. Even then I was struck at his canny ability to make
pars and birdies from some less than opportune spots on the hilly
European Tour venue. This week Jacobson has had 53 putts through
two rounds (28 in round 1 and 25 in round 2) and he is averaging
1.615 putts per green in regulation which ranks 8th in the field.
In other words, he is having another great week with the putter.
There is something to learn from this and that is to strive to
break what I what I term "the putting par" each round you play. In
my opinion “putting par” is 30 putts per round. I
believe this for various statistical reasons -- which I won’t
get into -- but no matter whether you are a single-figure
handicapper or a bogey-golfer I feel like par with your putter
should be 30. So keep tabs on the total number of putts you take
each round and record those so that you can keep track of your
performance. Make it your goal to break "par" each time you go out
and I am sure your scores will improve. Good luck.
Mark Immelman, the brother of PGA TOUR professional Trevor
Immelman, is a well-respected golf instructor and head coach of the
Columbus State University (Ga.) golf team. For more information
about Mark and his instruction, visit his web site,
markimmelman.com or follow
him on Twitter
Immelman Golf Instruction on Facebook. He also has a golf
instruction e-book called “Consistently Straight Shots
– The Simple Solution” available on iTunes/iBooks.