I was playing yesterday and putting into noodle filled cups, and it hit me out of the blue how much I miss the sound of a golf ball rattling to the bottom of the cup. It's such a distinct sound that marks the completion of "the hunt". It hit me when I "made" a 7' right breaking putt for par that tapped the flag stick and plopped lifeless onto the blue pool noodle. Normally I would give a little fist pump for saving a par like that, but it was almost depressing. I wonder if this is mentally killing my putting. I would normally walk to the flag while feeling the slope(s), pull the flag, and get into a hunting mode. It was a primal feeling like tracking a wild animal. The sound of the ball falling into the cup is like hitting your mark with an arrow or bullet. Without that, it's almost a "whatever" kind of feeling. Who cares if I make it or miss it.
I need figure out how to start hunting pool noodles. Maybe I should buy some and start shooting them with my pellet gun to develop the killer instinct. Maybe I am just being silly.