Originally Posted by RayG
develop a repeating stroke and a repeating routine before the stroke. That takes practice, practice, practice. Get a mat and putt at home, over and over. I worked on my stroke over one winter and by the time Spring came around, I was comfortable with it. What became MORE aggravating was the number of JUST missed and lipped out putts. But I realized that they would have been nowhere NEAR the hole the previous season. But it also cut down on misses inside 4 foot, and 3 putts fell to practically nothing. At one point, 4 rounds without a 3 putt. And that was BEFORE I put on the Super Stroke 3.0 grip on the putter.
Agree 100% on practicing at home, and a lot. Keeping in mind that I'm also a high handicapper. But, I usually have only two or three 3 putts per round. Work on the stroke at home. And the pre-shot routine/practice swings will help.
As for distance, that can be improved by putting a lot, and keeping in your mind an image of how far back the putter goes to make the putt go 'X' distance. This is of course, variable due to green speeds and contours. But if you have a ballpark range of 'backswing lengths to putt distances' in your mind, it'll get you closer more often. Close enough to two putt, at least.
Also, I like the advice of taking 3 or so practice swings, *while looking at the hole.* One that is definitely not hard enough, one that is definitely too hard, and then one that should be about right. Try to remember the feel of the 'about right' one, and replicate it with the ball there. Or at least two practice swings, leaving the 'about right' for the putt itself. I do two or three depending on how close I was with the too hard and too soft ones.
As for line, it's tougher to say on that. People seem to like the Aimpoint system. From what little I know, it sounds great to me.
Distance is more important for avoiding 3-putts though, so I'd worry about that more initially.
A couple of other thoughts on putting, from my perspective..
Putting is the most personal part of golf, with the greatest amount of variance in effective methods ad techniques. You have to find what works for you, and you have to practice the piss out of it till you own it.
Don't be afraid to tinker. I recently changed from standard to left-hand low. Now it feels second nature to me. I also advocate oversized grips like the Super Stroke. I use one, and it eliminates a lot of last second 'hand corrections'. These changes were a bit scary at first. But they overall have helped me.