Geoff.... assuming that you are watching the Master's, or even attending the tournament, what are your observations on the greens and how the pros are performing on these fast (bikini waxed per Gary McCord) greens. What kind of putting statistics can you draw from the putting we see on these slick greens?
Pros putt better on TRUE greens and can handle fast greens so long as they are not TOO MUCH faster than the usual Stimp 11' on regular Tour greens 100 rounds a year in competition plus 50 practice rounds. pros play the same green speeds the vast majority of the time, and then just "buckle down" for Augusta. So much for green SPEED.
What HELPS immensely is the TRUENESS of the surface, not the friggin' speed. Pros do WAY BETTER when greens are TRUE or MORE TRUE than usual, no matter what the speed.
On this basis, Augusta green are very true compared to the usual Tour green. That's a holiday for putting to most Tour players, provided they don't fight against the green speed.
Stats only really help get an understanding when the status are not comparing apples and oranges.
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