Similar to "What'd You Shoot Today," I thought it'd be neat to have a thread that asks: "What are you working on?"
- Post what you're working on, why, what you hope to accomplish, how you're doing about it, etc.
- Post when you begin something new, take a new approach, etc.
It's been a long winter here in Western Pennsylvania. Last year I golfed at least a dozen times in January, February and early March. This year, only once. So, I asked myself: what can I work on in 30°, snowy conditions? The obvious answer was putting.
I am fortunate that I have room in the basement for 10-15 foot putts. So, I have been working on:
1) Finding the proper style of putter
2) Finding the proper grip
3) Developing a good pre-shot routine
Putter Style - Note: I have 25 different putters in my basement that I have collected over the last 50+ years. I have classic putters and newer putters, but the ones that consistently outperform the rest are my Ping B60 and Anser 2, as well as my Odyssey XG #9 and White Steel 2-Ball. I will probably rotate these putters throughout the season, unless one outperforms the rest. I have tried different lengths of putters, but will remain with my 33" ones because they seem to work best and feel most comfortable.
Putting/Putter Grip - a) The putting grip, as referring to the placement of my hands, will undergo a major change this season. When my daughter started golfing in 1996, at age 11, I decided that she should use the "left hand low" grip after watching Jim Furyk putt. In order to set a good example, I, too, began "left hand low" after more than 25 years of conventional putting. It has served me well, but can break down at times. I had a subpar putting season last year on the greens after a good year with my irons and woods, and this year I am returning to the more traditional style. I have been trying a number of hand positions, including the "Claw" or "Gator Grip", and will undoubtedly work on that until I find one that is successful. b) I have been using standard putter grips since I began golfing, but after watching KJ Choi, have decided to install a jumbo putter grip on my Anser 2. Will it be the answer to my decades long question, "How can I make more putts and find a putting Utopia?" Who knows, but this could be interesting.
Pre-shot Routine - I have a very definite and precise pre-shot routine on the tee and in the fairway. However, on the green my putting pre-shot routine has been okay, but not as repetitive as the one with the irons and woods. The reason is simple: when I miss a few putts, I start tinkering until I find something else that works. This has led to an erratic positioning of the ball in my stance from round to round and inconsistencies in the putter swing path. I am currently working on a definitive routine that I am determined use, regardless of the day-to-day results, in hopes that I can be more consistent, especially on the shorter putts.