Inbee Park Perfectly Explains Why She’s the Best Putter in the World

Published 11/07/2021, 11:52 AM EST


A putting stat about South Korean golfer Inbee Park has impressed the golf world. And not just impressed, she has shattered everyone’s expectation! The 21-time LPGA Tour winner is currently the best putter in the world, men included.

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She drains a staggering 38.4% of putts from 10 to 20 feet. This is compared to the 25.5% average of the PGA Tour and 23.3% average of the LPGA Tour. The World No. 3 has an absolutely incredible putting reputation, and this reflects in all that she has achieved on the tour.

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The stunning putting stat did not surprise Inbee Park

At the Cognizant Founders Cup held in New Jersey last month where Park finished T-25, she articulated her feelings regarding the same. She said, “I heard about the stats and I wasn’t surprised.” She adds that she invariably feels more comfortable and relaxed when attempting a longer putt in comparison to a 5 to 8 feet shorter one.

 

She explained the reason behind this and said, “I heard the percentage is higher to make the 10- to 15-footer. I think this really comes down to the mind. I feel a lot more relaxed doing 10- to 15-footer where I don’t have to make the putt, right? It’s usually less than half of the percentage that I’m going to miss.” Her accuracy in 10 to 15-footers is a staggering 64%.

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So Yeon Ryu, a fellow South Korean, also gave her take on Park’s great putting. She said the reason is that Park doesn’t concentrate as much on the result as on the putt itself. Replying to that, Park said Ryu was ‘dead correct’. 

“On the greens, there are some many variables that you have to take into account. It’s just hard to think about everything… [after] the ball goes off the clubface there is nothing I can do. I’m just trying to put the right speed, the right line, and that’s pretty much all I can do,” she added.

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Well, it obviously sounds like the right strategy to undertake. However, it’s much easier said than done. Kudos to Park!

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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