Originally Posted by Stretch
This is why I'm a spot putter.
Figure I have a better shot at rolling the ball precisely over a tiny target four inches away than precisely toward a larger target fourteen feet away.
I'm also a 2.1 degree right aimer, according to the SAM PuttLab machine, so I'd probably benefit from an Edel fitting if there was anyone within 6,000 miles to do one. Switching from my usual face-balanced mid mallet to a flanged blade seems to have helped recently. Likely dumb luck.
Just getting around to reading this post, but the quote above is true for me as well.
I think I'm a solid putter, and I think the reasons are because:
- I'm meticulous about repeating my setup over every putt.
- I gather as much information re: my read from others' ball actions, visuals as I approach the green, etc. (AimPoint, I'm sure, would also improve my green reading)
- I do my best to focus 100% on every putt regardless of length
- I try to disengage the 'thinking' side of my brain and just let myself stroke the ball as viscerally as possible after I've setup, aimed, and I am over the ball. After my last look at the hole, my backstroke is starting just as my head returns to its position over the ball. That may not make sense, but......
I recently switched putters. Old Faithful received some face damage off the golf course, and after trying several putters, I really liked a stick that had ~one shaft of offset. I immediately began missing putts...I'm sure for the reasons stated in the OP. I spent a few hours on the practice putting green making some mods to my setup, and I'm rolling it nicely now. Why didn't I just buy another putter with the same characteristics as my damaged putter? I guess I'm not that smart, plus I really liked the feel of the putter I decided to purchase.
Spot putting - for me - is the only way to go. To anyone that wants to try it, remember that the spot you pick to roll over must be as small as possible - I'd say no larger than the hole a tee makes when stuck into the ground. Also, when I practice putting, I rarely putt to a hole, but rather to a tee. Sometimes I'll jam two tees in the ground about 50% wider than the ball and putt through those.
Practice: At the very least, I practice putting both before and after every round (4x-5x/week) and when I go to practice on off days. I'd say I roll 2000+ putts per week, and I think that, more than anything, has made me a pretty solid putter. There's always room for improvement, though, right?