One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verbputting, putted, putts[no object]
Try to hit a golf ball into the hole by striking it gently so that it rolls across the green.‘the man who can putt is a match for anyone’‘his putting was as consistent and accurate as before’with object ‘there is nothing left to do except putt the ball in the hole’
- ‘To win you have to be able to putt well for the whole week.’
- ‘When I putted for par, I heard the echo of the ball bouncing off the sides of the cup.’
- ‘Golf has undergone revolutionary changes since John Reid putted his first ball in 1779.’
- ‘The player must try to remember what it felt like when he putted well.’
- ‘Golfers of various handicaps were asked to putt on the greens and choose the faster green.’
A gentle stroke that hits a golf ball across the green towards the hole.‘he hit a four-iron to 20 ft and holed the putt’‘a three-foot putt’
- ‘Focus on swinging back and through the same amount, lengthening your stroke as the putts get longer.’
- ‘His chip was a little too tentative, but to his relief he holed that putt too for another par.’
- ‘So before a round, always practice long putts, stroking the ball the length or width of the practice green.’
- ‘In Fitsum's case, his jabby stroke caused him to hit putts well past the hole.’
- ‘Gina had no problem getting her putts to the hole, which is a rare accomplishment for a new golfer.’
Mid 17th century (originally Scots): differentiated from put.
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