Putters- what was your "A-ha" moment?
Posted 22 February 2012 - 01:51 AM
Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:33 AM
1. Discovering center shafted putters. They just seem to get me over the ball better and my set up feels more natural with them.
2. Not being so hard on myself. I tend to get down on myself if I don't make putts that i think I should. I have watched the best putters in the world miss a putt or two, so why should I be any different. My playing partners say I am a great putter, but I feel the opposite. At the end of the round I can look back and see so many putts that I missed, but all they see are the ones I made that made them cough up their money.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:51 AM
I agree with this, and I saw many others posted it too. I improved the most seeing the path/line first, then just standing over the ball and thinking about propelling the ball on that line. Forget the angles, where the club is taken back, ball position, eyes, etc, that's fine in practice, but when I'm playing a round, it should all just "happen" without overthinking it. In terms of putter selection, once I saw the improvement following the new approach, I picked a putter that just feels natural to my stroke, and that's either a plumbers neck or flow neck heel shafted mid mallet, short and heavy.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:56 PM
Also, I had 2" cut off of my 33" Nike Oz Black T100 and it has put me over the ball better.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 04:48 PM
2 - practice once/twice a week.
3 - finding a 33" putter that has exceptional distance control and correct loft for a slight forward press.
These weren't individual moments but an evolution and the a-ha came with #3.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 08:17 PM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:08 AM
Posted 23 February 2012 - 02:37 AM
when i realized to stop pretending i was on the practice green... meaning not think about my stroke when i am playing...
on the practice green: work on mechanics
on the course: Read the break, Feel the distance... pick my line and COMMIT ...
i use to do the opposire... read the break pick a line... then think about my stroke.. the path... tempo... soo streaky
at least now... im more consistent... whether good or bad
Posted 23 February 2012 - 07:36 PM
Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:54 PM
Well, I Googled it when I got home, and I've never looked back.
After 20 plus years of horrid putting, I suddenly turned into a very good putter. At least several of the guys in my club have since adopted the method after my results.
My "claw" is really the "saw" grip that I found on Google that fateful day; a You Tube explaining it by Mark O'Meara.
I think it is beneficial to use a centre-shafted putter for a "claw" or "saw" type grip to work effectively, as it is basically a straight back and forth movement. I did try a couple of non-centere shafted ones, but they quickly ended up on Craigslist.
Currently I'm using an Odyssey Backstryke 2-ball; my older centre-shafted 2-ball is the one I started this journey with, and it's staying in my closet as my backup. An added bonus of the Backstryke putters is as the shaft is at the back, there is no moment when the leading edge of the putter is obscured. That helps me as my left eye is much more dominent.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 07:01 PM
I'm on the other end of the spectrum. I started putting with a blade putter (PING Kushin) and was pretty accurate with it. Then, I started reading a lot and thought that I needed a more forgiving mallet putter. I dumped the Kushin and went through a series of mallets. This year, I picked up another blade putter and found my accuracy again...
Posted 25 February 2012 - 11:51 AM
#1 feel the speed of the put
#2 pick the line of that speed
#3 pick a spot 1.5-2 ft in front of ur ball on that line
#4 make ball roll over ur spot
#5 pick ball out of cup
Don't complicate putting