I Asked ChatGPT For Tips On Improving My Putting Game, And Here Are The Results

“Living the life of a golf enthusiast and lifestyle blogger, I’m perpetually in pursuit of the perfect putt. The quest for improvement is ceaseless, and every stroke counts. So when I stumbled upon ChatGPT, a cutting-edge language model developed by OpenAI, I was intrigued. Could artificial intelligence really help me master the subtle art of putting? I decided to put it to the test, and here’s the fascinating journey that ensued.”

I Asked ChatGPT For Tips On Improving My Putting Game, And Here Are The Results

While all that is true, I didn’t write it. It was generated by ChatGPT word-for-word.

And the only thing I would change in that intro is the statement that I just stumbled upon ChatGPT. Truthfully, I’ve been experimenting with ChatGPT for several different tasks. For example, I can use ChatGPT for things like overcoming writer’s block or making a meal plan with a detailed grocery list for that meal plan.

So I became curious about how it would handle improving my putting game. Can ChatGPT help me with my putting game? Can it help me sink more putts? Or would ChatGPT be a rubbish golf instructor?

What is ChatGPT, And How Do You Use It Exactly?

So let’s start our little AI experiment by using ChatGPT itself to explain exactly what it is and how it is used. Why not, right?

“ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI, is an advanced AI that generates human-like text. It’s like a chatbot, but smarter and more versatile. You interact with it by typing in a prompt or question, and it responds with relevant text. It’s as simple as having a conversation, and it can be used for a wide array of tasks, including getting tips to improve your golf game!”

There you have it.

But you may be asking yourself how it knew we were going to use it for tasks like “getting tips to improve your golf game.” Well, when I asked it to generate the text above, I used the same chat session. In other words, it remembered what we discussed before and used that information to continue the conversation. Cool, right?


So Let’s Get Some AI Putting Tips

I will post my prompt and then ChatGPT’s exact, unedited responses. So let’s start with some simple prompts to get started and see where we end up.

Prompt: Can you provide tips on improving my golf putting?


Absolutely, here are some tips that might help improve your putting game:

  1. Practice Your Grip: The grip is crucial in putting. Try a light grip to avoid any tension in the hands and wrists.
  2. Alignment: Make sure your feet, hips, and shoulders are parallel to the target line. This helps in maintaining a straight putting stroke.
  3. Distance Control: Practice different length putts to get a feel for distance control. This can help you avoid three-putting.
  4. Reading the Green: Spend some time to understand the slope and grain of the green. This can help you predict the path of the ball.
  5. Consistent Stroke: Develop a consistent putting stroke. The backswing and follow-through should be smooth and of equal length.
  6. Confidence: Believe in your ability to make the putt. Confidence plays a key role in putting.
  7. Practice: Like any other skill, practice is key. Spend time on the practice green to hone your skills.

Remember, these are general tips and might need to be adjusted based on your personal style and comfort. It’s always a good idea to consider taking lessons from a professional golf instructor for personalized advice.

Interesting, some good general tips in that first response, especially about reading the greens. But, really, not particularly helpful. For example, number seven is super general. What type of practice and how often? I need more details.


Can ChatGPT Create a Putting Practice Plan?

And if ChatGPT can create a plan, will it be useful? Let’s find out! And we are using the same chat so this will be a continuation. In other words, ChatGPT should remember and work off of previous prompts and responses.

Prompt: Thank you! Can you create a weekly putting practice routine for a golfer that can only get out on the course on Sunday?


Absolutely, here’s a simple weekly putting practice routine that can be done at home or at a local practice green:

Monday: Grip and Setup

  • Spend 15-20 minutes working on your grip and setup. Ensure your hands, arms, and shoulders are relaxed, and your eyes are over the ball.

Tuesday: Short Putts

  • Practice 3-5 foot putts for 20 minutes. Focus on maintaining a steady stroke and hitting the ball in the center of the putter face.

Wednesday: Distance Control

  • Spend 20 minutes practicing long putts (20-30 feet). The goal isn’t to make the putt, but to get the ball within a 3-foot radius of the hole.

Thursday: Reading the Green

  • If you have a putting mat, try to understand how the ball rolls on different slopes. If not, visualize different scenarios in your mind for 15-20 minutes.

Friday: Medium Putts

  • Practice 10-15 foot putts for 20 minutes. Again, focus on getting the ball close to the hole rather than making it.

Saturday: Review and Relax

  • Spend 15 minutes reviewing what you’ve practiced during the week. Relax and get ready for your round tomorrow.

Sunday: Game Day

  • Get to the course early and spend some time on the practice green. Start with short putts, then move to longer ones. Try to get a feel for the speed of the greens.

Remember, the key to improvement is consistency. Stick to the routine, and you should see improvement over time.

Again, this isn’t perfect, but it is pretty good. And most importantly, it gets you practicing every day for short timespans.

Maybe A Thursday Replacement Drill?


However, I’m not too sure about Thursday’s “Reading The Green” practice session. Undoubtedly, reading the greens is an essential putting skill. But I want to replace Thursday with a putting drill, so let’s ask ChatGPT.

Prompt: Can you replace Thursday’s routine with a simple putting drill instead?


Absolutely, here’s a simple yet effective drill for your Thursday routine:

Thursday: The Clock Drill

  • Place 12 golf balls in a clock formation around a hole on your putting green or mat, each about 3 feet away.
  • The goal is to putt each ball into the hole, moving in a clockwise direction.
  • If you miss a putt, start over from the first ball.
  • Spend about 20 minutes on this drill. It will help improve your accuracy and consistency from a common putting distance.

This drill not only helps with accuracy but also puts a little pressure on you to make each putt, simulating what you might feel during a round.

Nice! I am pretty confident that is a solid putting drill that can have some positive impact on my game.

Thanks, ChatGPT!


So What Have We Discovered?

Here’s my takeaway. After just a few prompts and a little tweaking, I think we have the basis for a solid putting practice routine that can improve my putting game. And I am positive that with a little more time prompting ChatGPT, I could come up with an even more solid practice routine. For example, I can possibly provide ChatGPT with my daily schedule so it can actually pick out the best times of day for each practice session.

Am I under the impression that using ChatGPT is better than having a professional golf trainer? No. At least not yet. But using an AI tool like ChatGPT as a personal training assistant can be useful.

But what do you think? Have you tried ChatGPT for anything similar? Do you think AI will eventually replace professional trainers?

Danny Kapp - Writer

Writer/Editor: Danny Kapp is a passionate golf enthusiast and an 8-year veteran golf blog writer for Rock Bottom Golf, offering his unique perspective on the game. With a keen eye for detail, he covers various aspects of golf, ranging from technical insights to the latest trends in golf equipment and golf technology.

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