Ablett’s a video star to iron out putting woes

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James Ablett believes watching a video nasty can help him overcome his putting frustrations.

The 34-year-old Lee-on-the-Solent professional has used video footage to compare his own putting stroke with some of the world’s top putters.

He’s aiming to get to the bottom of what he himself calls a ‘shocking’ success rate.

Ablett claimed eight victories and finished in third place in the PGA Southern Region standings last season.

But he narrowly missed out on qualification for the European Tour’s BMW Championship at Wentworth by just one stroke at the regional play-offs.

And he believes his putting – where he averages around 34 putts per round – is hampering his progress.

As a result, he is taking steps to address the problem ahead of the new season.

Ablett said: ‘I’m averaging 34 putts per round and that’s just shocking.

‘I need to be under 30 putts per round.

‘At the moment, it’s just not good enough.

‘It’s not like I am 30 or 40 feet away from the holes. I give myself lots of opportunities.

‘I’m okay from about three feet and in.

‘But it’s about five feet to 15 feet where my conversion rate is nowhere near good enough.

‘I should be better than 50 per cent.

‘If I could get to that, I would be the happiest man alive.

‘So I have videoed my stroke and looked at what I do, compared with what some of the best putters in the world do.

‘There is just something missing.

‘So I’m stripping it right down technically, looking at people like Tiger Woods and Seve Ballesteros on DVD – some of the best putters who have ever lived.

‘I’ve looked at how my technique differs from theirs.

‘There are little key points to work on but there are things you need to find comfortable yourself.’

Ablett spent time in Arizona this winter but again struggled on the greens, even though he was pleased with the rest of his game.

The left-hander said: ‘I went away to Scottsdale in Arizona and played alright but my putting was useless.

‘But I’m extremely pleased with the way I am swinging the club.

‘I’ll put in some more work on my putting and then I just want the season to get here now.’