Posted by: Rolf | April 24, 2014

Putt-Putt Perfection

Putt Putt Perfection 00It is often said that in golf, “perfection” is unattainable.

That may be the case in the game you’re used to, but not in the world of professional “putt-putt” golf.

In “putt-putt” golf, perfection is attainable, though very, very rarely.

Other sports have their version of the perfect game.

In bowling, the number you need for perfection is “300,” and according to a New York Times article, the number of perfect games rolled has seen a “3,700 percent increase in 30 years.”

In baseball, a perfect game requires a pitcher to record “27 consecutive outs.” In MLB history, just 23 have been thrown, a more recent one by Felix Hernandez in 2012.

In “putt-putt,” the elusive number is “18,” and that’s only been done “3” times. That’s right, just three. The most recent “putt-putt” perfect game came on April 9, 2011, by Rick Baird.

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IT manager Rick Baird

It’s the subject of a short video documentary on Grantland.com of IT manager Rick Baird’s legendary round of perfect “putt-putt” golf, only the third score of 18 in the Professional Putters Association’s 50-year history of “putt-putt tournament” competition.

One thing many people “don’t” know is that there is a difference between “mini golf and “putt-putt” golf.

“Mini golf” is the more absurd version with par 3s, windmills, water hazards, jumps and other obstacles in the way to prevent you from putting the ball in the hole.

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“Putt-putt” golf is a more serious version where each hole is a par 2 and every hole can be made, as Rick Baird proved, in one stroke, provided the perfect shot is struck.

Putt Putt Perfection 03Did you know that there is a Professional Putter’s Association devoted to “putt-putt” golf?

And they’ve been sponsoring tournaments for 50 years?

And in all that time there have “only” been 3 perfect rounds with a score of 18 what may seem like a “silly, childish” sport only a “few” have mastered.

As Daryl Freeman, the owner of a round of 19, says of “putt-putt” golf, “It’s a skill, it’s an art. Try it sometime if you don’t believe me.”

See you at the first tee…

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