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Putting.....watch the putter or the ball

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  1. 1. Do you look at the ball or watch the putter

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An old-timer, Willie Park, who was considered a 'great' putter recommended visualizing a thumb tack precisely in the back of the ball. See you putter head drive the tack straight into the ball. Consistency and confidence go a long way in dropping putts.

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I personally use what I read in Dave Stockton's putting book. I look at a spot about 1-2" in front of the ball on the line I want it to take, and just try to roll it over that spot. It works for me, but I know that a few people I play with regularly think I'm nuts because of it.

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I'm shocked that 30% thus far voted for watching the putter................Would you watch the mit to catch a baseball?  Would you watch your bat to hit a baseball?  ........or watch any golf club to hit a golf ball. Wow....the insanity.

Watching the putter is a very bad thing........seriously folks, you need to reconsider.

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Originally Posted by BuckeyeNut

I'm shocked that 30% thus far voted for watching the putter................Would you watch the mit to catch a baseball?  Would you watch your bat to hit a baseball?  ........or watch any golf club to hit a golf ball. Wow....the insanity.  LOL   that's nuts......


But you watch the "moving" ball hit the mitt or the "moving" ball hit your bat. Not saying it is right, but it helps with the plane for some reason.

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Originally Posted by BuckeyeNut

I'm shocked that 30% thus far voted for watching the putter................Would you watch the mit to catch a baseball?  Would you watch your bat to hit a baseball?  ........or watch any golf club to hit a golf ball. Wow....the insanity.

Watching the putter is a very bad thing........seriously folks, you need to reconsider.

I'll challenge you to a putting contest. I'll look at the putter & you look at whatever you want.

Re your analogies, each is irrelevant - a baseball is moving, a golf ball isn't. And a golf club moves outside your peripheral vision so obviously you can't watch it.

We are talking about a putt - the club moves, what, a foot? And it's hitting a stationary object. There is zero similarity of it to the things you described.

Again, it's putting. The most individualistic part of the game. If I could make putts looking at my freekin shoes then I would do it.

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Originally Posted by Fourputt

I watch the spot where the ball lies.  Before I strike it, I watch the ball.  After I strike it, I'm looking at the spot where it was until it's well on its way to the hole.

Me too. I believe I read about this technique in an Arnold Palmer book (My Game and Yours?).

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I watch the ball but try to see as a whole, I line up the ball so there are no marks on top.

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Originally Posted by Sticky

I watch the ball but try to see as a whole, I line up the ball so there are no marks on top.

Same here - prefer no visible markings when putting.

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Watching the putter is a very bad thing........seriously folks, you need to reconsider.

I've never really thought about it, but I tend to watch the putter......and I'm not at all happy with my putting. Not horrid, but not to the level that I think it should be either. I'll reconsider......

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I evaluated my crappy putting this year, realized I was looking at the putter causing all sort of issues.  Started looking at the ball and putting immediately got better.

Thinking on it a bit, it doesn't really make sense to look at the putter.  When you hammer a nail, do you look at the hammer?  When you hit a baseball, do you look at the bat?   Etc...etc

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Originally Posted by zipazoid

But you're saying you're 'effed' if you move your eyes. I disagree.

That's not what he said. He said if you notice your putter is off-path or something you may think you're "effed." Big difference.

Originally Posted by zipazoid

I'll challenge you to a putting contest. I'll look at the putter & you look at whatever you want.

I could probably beat a bunch of people while looking at pictures of Kate Beckinsale on my iPhone. Doesn't mean that's how people should putt.

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But you're saying you're 'effed' if you move your eyes. I disagree.

That's not what he said. He said if you notice your putter is off-path or something you may think you're "effed." Big difference.

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I'll challenge you to a putting contest. I'll look at the putter & you look at whatever you want.

I could probably beat a bunch of people while looking at pictures of Kate Beckinsale on my iPhone. Doesn't mean that's how people should putt.

I don't think it will be people you will be beating. :D

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Originally Posted by iacas

That's not what he said. He said if you notice your putter is off-path or something you may think you're "effed." Big difference.

I could probably beat a bunch of people while looking at pictures of Kate Beckinsale on my iPhone. Doesn't mean that's how people should putt.

I didn't say that's how people should putt. I said that's how I putt & it works for me.

Seems we have similar issues with reading comprehension, Erik.

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Neither for me as well.  I look at a spot just in front of the ball on my line, but not too far out.  I also prefer no markings on the ball since I am not looking directly at it anyway.

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