Next to the Driver, this is the club that causes the most angst and it should surpass the driver in importance.
There is a concept I call wishing the ball in the hole and it causes 90% of all bad putts. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to wish in a 3 footer to win the British Open…
or trying to weasel a 30 footer up to gimmie range, it does not work. I wrote a post about this a few months ago. All you can do is read the putt, line up and hit it solid. It will go in or it won’t and you don’t want to look like Doug Sanders.
I have gone on and on about how “keeping your head down” is terrible and ruins everyone’s golf swing…well, putting is different. You aren’t supposed to keep your head down, but keep it still. The sooner you look up, the more likely you are going to look like Doug Sanders.
Putting well is such an individual thing there are no universal truths about proper stroke, setup and execution, but there are two universal truths that cause failure.
1. Steering the ball in or at the hole from any distance. Just say to yourself, “hit the putt solid.”
2. The sooner you move your head, the farther the ball is going to be from where you are trying to hit it. Just say to yourself, “keep you head still.”
To make it easier, your one swing thought when you are putting…”Keep your head still and hit it solid.”
You will be surprised how many more putts you will make.