Like many, I have been working on improving my putting stroke lately. Had some great success after reading the "Instinct Putting" book by Eric Alpenfels (Director of golf in Pinehurst). Basically, look at the cup while putting, and it works. Off subject. What I am amazed to read tonight is from instructor David Orr ( www.orrgolf.com ). I read on the Golfwrx forum about a guy who took a lesson from David to improve his putting. David tells him this....
"Take it back short, accelerate , and follow-through is the absolute worst putting advice in the history of golf...we've done over 21 studies in putting including one on Dynamic profiles that include acceleration and peak velocity profiles..."over -acceleration" with peak velocity occurring after impact is the main culprit behind those that lack touch and feel. The best putters in the world have peak velocity occurring either at low point of the arc of attack or impact...this distance is approximately a "1 1/2" window for success."
So what is to date the most sound piece of advice I have on putting is a bit of a myth? Well, sort of. Looks like folks doing this that have the putter head at "peak velocity" after contact are going to have poor distance control and feel. The 1.5" window is just before the ball, and the ball (impact) and this is what David says all great putters have in common. If you go by this "Take it back short, accelerate, and follow through" approach, you may want to give some serious thought to the point of "peak velocity".