LightBearer, on 15 March 2017 - 09:25 PM, said:
I will give you my take but Im not sure it is the answer you're seeking.
Tour pros commonality among their strokes is the ability to deliver the face to a specific target line. However, we know the line is dependant on speed, which is where certain guys differentiate themselves. Take a guy like Ben Crenshaw, or Hideki Matsuyama. Their strokes promote some deceleration, so in my opinion when they putt, they have to play more break, less aggresive lines because the ball will 'roll and fall'.
Comparatively, Snedeker wants the ball to 'run' into the hole. So he probably cant take the putt on a strong break or he'll fly it by. He's definitely an accelerator IMO.
So in a roundabout way, and I'm not an expert (simply just my take based on what I see), what Tour players have in common over amatuers and rec golfers is the ability to hit their line, which is dependent on their specific speed/tempo/accel or decel. stroke components. In other words, their putting stroke almost predetermines how they hit their line.
Anyone agree/disagree with this take?
That definitely makes sense, and I would agree that it is probably more about matching up your style/method and proper lines to match them up with the speed. I also totally accept the fact that they are just better at delivering the putter consistently square and spend hours more than us hackers when it comes to setup, alignment and just orienting the face properly.
With that said, I suppose I'm wondering more about the answer to that age old question of putting, is dying it in the hole really ultimately a better way of putting? I just read in a recent golf Mag article that Daniel Berger insisted on dying it into the hole because he claimed it "statistically makes the hole bigger' and allows to you take different approaches. But I've always been in the other school of thought, assuming that dying it in will REALLY only lead to me missing more putts short.
And in that same vein I recall watching the Hawaii events that Jimmy Walker had done a statistical analysis on his putting that made it clear to him he needed to stop trying to die it at the hole and instead aim for about 6-8" past the hole and "run it in" to prevent him coming up short and always give him some shot at making it as short had been costing him strokes.
I guess I'm also asking is it just a matter of personal preference and tendencies? Where do you WRXers stand on the "die it in" vs "run it in" debate?
Edited by tobrien33, 16 March 2017 - 10:54 AM.