Aim & Alignment Series
The Golfers Mind
Tour Tested and Used Putting Techniques.
Discover the Art and Science to Putt Magically.
Putt to Win!
Great putting is more of an art than it is a science and when I say science I mean the technical aspects like setup, posture, swing type, path, putter etc. Please, I am not saying that a good setup and properly adjusted putter is not important as I believe the better you get both the putter and your setup and stroke then the better you will be able to apply the art side of putting.
I always make sure my clients are happy with the putter grip and that the shaft length, loft and lie are all correct for their setup and particular style of putting. In addition I make sure they have either a face balanced putter or toe heavy depending what path they prefer, straight back and through or what I call "natural" path which arcs slightly. The stroke needs to be smooth and flow toward the target rather than too long in the back swing ending up with a decelerating stab at the ball. So some science is going to make a good impression on your putting.
The problem I see a lot is golfers getting too stuck in mechanics and using far too much of their conscious thinking to manipulate the putter, stroke, rhythm and distance control. They are far too stuck in the science and manipulation aspects of putting when
Do this exercise. Get together with another person and gently throw a ball between you. As you are throwing the ball back and forth move around so you are constantly changing the distance between the two of you. Notice how you will naturally adjust everything to compensate for the changing distances you need to throw the ball. You are not thinking of how to swing your arm, how far back to take it, and how far your arm should follow through to get the distance right.
This is how you should putt, naturally, trust your unconscious and instinctive judgment. Look at the target, look at the ball and then let the putt go. Putting mechanics and the science of putting will only get you so far but even with great science a mentally weak putter will get poor results. On the other hand a golfer who has a great Mental Game of Golf will putt really well even if their science is not perfect.
Here is a good routine to get you started but you can modify it a little to suit yourself but don't change the instinctive aspects of this routine.
You are not going to putt perfectly from the very first day but as you practice this technique you are going to get consistently better at it as you are able to let go more and your unconscious starts taking over more as time goes by. Your putting will definitely improve and within a few weeks and months you will have transformed your putting. Stay with it for a year and you will be one of the best putters at your club and can boast you do it without thinking! Neat!
Warm regards and wishing you Blue Skies and 65’s,