ADHD Golfers: Seeing the True Target on Turtleback Greens
Pinehurst Greens and ADHD Focus
There is nothing more challenging than when an ADHD person can not see a discernible target/reward when visualizing a shot during our pre shot routine. Bubba Watson has difficulties at TPC Sawgrass because Pete Dye made it hard to distinguish proper fairway landing area and “no man’s land”. At Pinehurst #2, those turtleback greens can represent that type of challenge for the ADHD golfer.
The problem with turtleback greens is that the green you see, the true putting areas of the green and area to aim for are never the same thing. The images below illustrate these issues when visualizing a target with turtleback greens.
The first image shows a nicely receptive large green. But all is not as it seems. Not only does this green have a false front, it actually has a “false 270” as in degrees. In other words the last 4-6 feet on three sides of the green fall off in such a way that no rolling ball entering these false sides will remain on the green.
Only the back of the green is not a false side, but that is deceptive as well. The heart of this green slopes back to front but the last 6 feet are flat. Thus, any flag hunting with the pin tucked in the back shelf runs the risk of the golf ball landing once and rolling off the back. Then with a not so nice short chip/pitch to a green sloping away from you the potential for an “other” score on the hole greatly increases.
So the reality is the there are three zones to a turtle back green. The green itself, the actual putting surface and the target you should be aiming for. So with this in mind, any green with the pin placement on the periphery should be attacked with the thought “get the ball to the middle of the green, two putts, thank you very much and move on”
So for an ADHD golfer who finds it difficult to play it safe when there is an apparent birdie to be hunted we suggest the following steps:
• Go with your caddy and take a picture with an iPad of the actual green.
• Map out the actual putting surface (show in yellow below)
• Map out the actual targetable areas (shown in white below)
• Enhance the image as is shown below.
• Study and visualize using the enhanced image
• If allowable, print the enhanced image to take with you to the course.
With the new enhanced image looking like a bullseye, these steps will greatly enhance an ADHD golfers chances of focusing on the right target by visually defining the true reward, being on the green.