I likely won’t be playing any golf this weekend, so I’ll go ahead and post. This was from last Saturday.
One of my coworkers and I played two holes after work. We went up to the reds on the par-3 second hole (playing about 95 yards that day) and hit our shots from there. I tried to take a little off a 50 degree and thinned it over the top of the flag and over the green.
Then I plopped down another ball and decided to try a full swing 54 degree. Flushed it, and I saw it take one bounce right by the pin, then disappear. We practically sprinted up to the green and sure enough, there my ball was in the cup.
Not sure if this counts as a true hole in one, but it was cool to make that shot!
Tried this today on the putting green after the round. I was pleasantly surprised at how accurate I was with this. Would look at the hole, let my body align itself, look down at the putter to get it aligned, then look at the hole and make the stroke. Within 5 feet or so I could still see the putter in my peripheral vision. Longer putts - getting to 20 - 30 feet of course I could not. Overall distance and accuracy was much better as I consistently had the ball stopping with 18" of the hole, many of them less than 12" or less. A great confidence builder, will be making "heads up" a part of my warm-up routine.
What caused me to think about this today - one was the recent discussion about Jordan Spieth, second was the absolute abandon my now six year old grandson has. He just walks up to the ball and makes the stroke and it looks like he is seeing the hole and not overly worried about anything else.
Sorry for the embed error....so again, would fixing the steepening in the first part of the downswing improve my ball striking? The pro was not too concerned about it because the club eventually shallowed in the lower part of the downswing. But I don't know....