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3 Keys to Better Putting

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18 hours ago, dennyjones said:

I've heard people that use the no look method describe it as shooting a free throw.   You don't look at the ball when you shoot, at least you shouldn't .

I don't like that analogy.  You shouldn't have to look at the basketball because it's in your hands. You don't have to look at the golf ball to make a good stroke at it, either, but it's not the same thing.

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11 minutes ago, billchao said:

I don't like that analogy.  You shouldn't have to look at the basketball because it's in your hands. You don't have to look at the golf ball to make a good stroke at it, either, but it's not the same thing.

I completely agree with you.   I'd never putt w/o looking at the ball.   I guess I didn't give it much thought about the ball in the hands vs.  ball on the ground.  The sense of touch is amazing and with the ball on the ground, that is lacking.

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4 minutes ago, dennyjones said:

The sense of touch is amazing and with the ball on the ground, that is lacking.

This is getting OT, but I think you're not giving enough credit to people's kinesthetic sense. The fact that we have flawed swings that require multiple compensations in a very short amount of time to hit the ball is a testament to it.

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I became a much better putter when I started using an intermediate target (spot) a foot, or so in front of the ball, that was directly on the line I wanted to start ball on. 

One of my practice routines is putting the ball over a dime a foot or so in front of the ball. 

I can see both the ball and my intermediate target during the stroke. By rolling the ball over that closer target, I know I rolled a straight putt on my chosen line. 

If I found, and chose the right line to start the ball on, and I have the initial ball speed correct, my chances of making the putt are increased. 

 

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On 9/10/2014 at 6:29 AM, CarlSpackler said:

I need to get some knitting needles. Why do I keep procrastinating on this?

Why not just go to the hardware store and get a chalkline, and snap a line on the green? Problem solved! 

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51 minutes ago, Buckeyebowman said:

Why not just go to the hardware store and get a chalkline, and snap a line on the green? Problem solved! 

I actually have a chalkline. Great idea. I would have to say that speed is my biggest problem with putting right now. 

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