I don’t consider anyone with a solid understanding of the 5 Simple Keys as “untrained.” It doesn’t make you qualified to be a golf instructor, but you’re definitely more informed than your golf buddy that says you topped your last shot because you picked your head up.
No. 5: The Stand-Up Putter
Right behind fire, the wheel and the steam engine on the list of innovations that have changed the course of history is the Stand-Up Putter.
The moment when the putter is first shown standing alone and upright on the green is too sublime for words. Surely, man walking upright for the first time could not have been so majestic.
The Stand-Up Putter would have revolutionized the pre-putt routine. After picking a line and making practice strokes, the golfer would simply step back from the putter at address to double-check the alignment of the putter. The putter, for its part, would simply stand there waiting for your return like an adoring dog.
Of course, as we all know, if your putter is square to your target, then you’ll necessarily hole your putt. Silly things like body alignment, putter path, acceleration and deceleration, putt speed and, silliest of all, reading the putt correctly, matter little when you have a putter that’s a marvelous freestanding structure.