Originally Posted by dbrock504
Although you did not answer my question the way I wanted you to (with the examples), I will TRY and help you here.
I used to be this same way. My friend instilled this "new" way of looking at it for me. Most people can't sink a 10 ft putt. 3ft and in, yes. So instead of trying to make it (because in doing so, it means you hit it AT LEAST to the hole) start playing under the hole and just get it as close as possible. This will begin to GUARANTEE 2 putts. You aren't going to miss a 4" putt. Get my point there? Now if you have an 8 ft putt with break for birdie, go for it.
That's the way I was doing things and it brought me from a 40's putter to a low 30's putter. Hope it helps.
Thanks for the advice, but as I have mentioned many times I am not even working on my putting. Other than rounds, and the occasional 5 minutes on the putting green, I do not practice putting. So, it is understandable that my putting average is 7-8 strokes above the PGA average of 29. My plan is to get more GIR then plateau, and then start to work on the short game.
I'm learning in stages, so to speak. I get more out of it, and can track statistics much more readily if I have less variables to think about.
Originally Posted by dbrock504
You guys really do love to take something and run with it. I do not advise moving your wrists at all. In doing so, you can easily move something off line. All it takes is 1 mm to move that putter face at an angle that disrupts your ball contact. That is how I was taught by a respected coach and that's how I play. It serves me well, and the folks I have played with that move their wrists like Erik did, miss more putts. Maybe that's why Erik missed all 3 putts?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but Phil Mickelson and many other players set a hinge in their wrist right before they start the back swing. Then the LOCK that hinge and do not move their wrists. This is to ensure little funny business throughout the stroke.
This is the type of thing that you write that will invite questions. The fact that you even joke about Erik missing putts (and he is scratch or nearly so) somewhat discredits what you are stating. Even if you were a 2.04 handicap, you could still learn something from him.
Now, I am looking at the same video as you are and I do not see any locking of his wrists. It is very clear on the second putt, where you can see a rubbery action around his wrists on the takeaway. I agree that his timing is so nearly perfect that it looks like his wrists are locked.
I want to make a statement. We are roughly the same handicap, and I am taking into account the fact that you think you could easily be a 10 or even single digit. So could I, if I just didn't make all those stupid mistakes. Well, we make those mistakes, and that is why we are mid/high handicappers. I drive the ball anywhere from 230 to 270, averaged 250 all day yesterday, hit my irons to within 20 yards from 140 yards(all two of them), made 5 greens and 10 fairways, putted 15 on the front 9 and chipped in on one hole from 30 feet for a par, missed 4 birdies and one eagle putt. Does this sound like a 17.3 handicap? Yes, because I am a mid/high handicap for whatever reason. Our handicaps indicate that we have a lot to learn about this game, and if we spend more time listening to experts rather than criticizing them, we can improve more quickly. My goal is to shoot low 80s before the end of the year, and I still have volumes of information to learn to get there.Edited by Lihu - 5/4/14 at 1:26pm