Archive for the ‘Putting’ Category

Purgatory Golf heads to Golf 365

By: Tony Adragna on March 27th, 2014

As we all know, Indiana winters can be brutal, especially for golfers who want to get out and practice their game. But now, with Golf365 in Noblesville, you no longer have to take four months off from golf.

Junior Golfer, Clay Merchent, and Purgatory’s Director of Golf, Mike Merchent, show you around the indoor golf facility, from the putting greens and target rooms to the golf simulator, in the video below.

July Junior Golf Clinics

By: Aaron Konold on June 30th, 2013

Junior golfers“Golf Fundamentals and Fun Emphasized”

Two junior golf clinics are scheduled at Purgatory Golf Club in July. The first clinic will be July 8 to July 11 and the second will be July 16 to July 19.

The four day sessions are from 9 am to 10:45 am and are geared for ages 6 to 14.  Each clinic includes a PGA professional instruction in all areas, exposure to the golf course, participation awards and prizes, with a competition event and lunch on the last day.

“We focus on the fundamentals of golf but we also make sure to have a bit of fun along the way,” said Jon Stutz, head professional.

The cost is $90 for the first child and $70 for each additional child. The entry fee is $70 if the junior golfer is enrolled in both July clinics.  For more information contact the pro shop at 776-4653.

Want to Share your Opinion our New Golf Instruction Book?

By: Tenna Merchent on January 8th, 2013

Free Golf Instruction Book

Want to tell us what you think of our new golf instruction book? Give us your feedback, what you like, what you don’t like, what you want us to add, delete, you get the idea. If you’d like to participate, all you have to do is leave a comment.

We will get in touch with you by e-mail  (you have to leave your e-mail in order to leave a comment). When we contact you, we’ll send you a form that we’ll ask you to sign and return saying that:

  1. You won’t share the book with anyone else, and
  2. We have your permission to use any comments you provide.

Yes, I know #2 seems pretty obvious, but it’s a legal issue in the publishing industry. We’ll ask you to give us your feedback within 2 weeks, you can take longer if you need to, but your comments may not make the first edition, which is actually, I think going to be the 3rd edition by the time it gets to print.

We will read and discuss every comment. Of course I can’t promise that every word suggested will make the final book. But I can tell you that ever word will be seriously considered. That is one of the great beauties of today’s internet, everyone has a voice.

After we get feedback from our friends, we will use publishing specialists, like editors, and proofreaders to further polish our new book. When it’s completed, it will be free to anyone who subscribes to our e-mail list. If a someone doesn’t want to subscribe (like my darling but paranoid friend Eileen), she will be able to buy the book at the traditional on-line retail establishments in an electronic or print version.

By the way, the idea to share our book with anyone willing to take the time to read it and give us feedback came from the author APE, How To Publish Your Book, Guy Kawasaki. So hat tip to Guy, brilliant idea.

So, want to tell us what you think?

Ladies Clinic

By: Tenna Merchent on July 10th, 2012

These are images from Jon Stutz’s Ladies Clinic. I’ve always wondered what the big white cross bar was for, it’s for scooping up golf balls, who knew?!

There is almost always something going on at Purgatory, the Junior Clinics are still going on, and it’s not too late to sign up. Hope you’re having a great summer!

Improve Your Golf Game by Practicing Lag Putting

By: Tenna Merchent on May 11th, 2012

In this short video, Jon Stutz shows you how to improve your golf game by focusing on two putting. Instead of standing up to the ball and trying to knock it in the hole right away, he suggests focusing on getting the ball to stop within two feet of the hole. This way you are set up for a two putt on every green, something we’d all be happy to achieve.

With lag putting you are focusing on speed of the ball, because you don’t want it to go flying past the hole. You want that ball to stop within a two foot radius of the hole, that way, all you have to do is go up, and tap it in. He uses tees in this lesson to help you envision the halo around the hole. Hope you like our video! If you do, leave us a note!


Hi, Jon Stutz coming to you from Purgatory Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana. Hopefully you get a chance to come out and visit us, and when you do, take advantage of our nice practice putting green. We’re out here today working a little bit on our short game, working on some putting. I want to share a couple things with you, a couple of things to think about when you out to play. When you come out to play at Purgatory, you’ll notice, if you haven’t had a chance, or if you have, you know we have some larger greens, and lag putting is an important aspect of being able to maneuver around the golf course and shoot a score that you’re comfortable with. I find a lot of the time, when people go to the putting green, they practice the shorter ones, but maybe they don’t hit as many long ones as they can. I’m here to give you a couple ideas to work on in your lag putting, to try to get the ball up around that nice little radius that makes your second putt real easy. So for example, I’ve got a couple balls here, and we’re going down toward that flag, you may be able to see that you have some tees kind of in a half moon around behind the hole, and what my objective here, as I putt, is to try to get the ball to the hole and somewhere inside that halo. If I’ve done that, then my second put will be pretty simple to handle and make it an easy 2-put, which is a key ingredient in scoring well when you get to the longer areas. Now one of the things I try to do when I practice these puts is I’ll hit some of them with just one hand, okay? Now I’m just trying to get the feel, I feel like putting a lot of times, most of us who are right-handed golfers, if we were pitching a penny or something, very similar to what we try to do with putting. You want to feel and try to get the touch down with just your right hand. So I’m going to hit a couple with just my right hand here, okay. Yeah, good drive, that roll the ball down there, work on my speed. Obviously I didn’t get that one quite hard enough. I’d like to try to get it a little bit further down there, so I’ll work on that pace a little bit. Now that’s what I was trying to do, right up next to the hole is a pretty easy little second put, okay. So, again, that just kind of helps me feel the pace, feel the speed with the right hand, and then when I get up to take my second, you know, my putt, that I’m normal, of course, you put both hands on there, just trying to keep a nice, smooth rhythm with my putter. And again, still trying to get the feel with my right hand and trying to roll the ball down there, try to get it in that halo, somewhere close for that next putt’s real easy. I’m not trying to ram the ball in the hole from, I’m thinking more about distance and speed, trying to get it to die right around the cup, turn those 3 putts into 2 putts. Hope that helps, I’d love to see you out here at Purgatory Golf Club.