Originally Posted by Fourputt
But I can say the same thing about a putter which is still going to be completely legal for the foreseeable future. For whatever reason, it made a difference in the repeatability of my putting stroke, but it's still a standard stroke, with a standard length putter. It doesn't always take a change in stroke type to make a big change in one's game.
I don't know if my experience mirrors your own, but my putting is the first thing to go "bad" if I don't practice regularly, and the easiest thing to see improvement in with regular practice.
I can spend an hour a day on practice greens and after a week my putting has improved dramatically. But an hour a day on the practice range and after a week I'm just out 50 bucks from the range balls with little actual improvement.
I have also never been one of those people who falls for the "this new piece of equipment will make you a better golfer" crap so I have a little trouble believing that it's ONLY the putters that are improving anyone's putting IN GENERAL. However, specifically addressing high-pressure putts where nerves come into play, I DO believe that anchoring gives an advantage because it eliminates involuntary muscle movements that come with stress.
In summary, the only reason I think people are seeing improvements in their general putting is because they have a new "toy" and are just practicing more, or maybe it's just that they're FOCUSING on their practice more because they're learning a different stroke.
The solution, in my opinion, isn't to buy a new putter or try a different method, it's to learn how to apply that focus in every practice session. Practice with purpose. Don't just hit balls.
But then again, this is my experience and I don't know how common my experience is.