If you want to improve your putting, first thing you will want to do is “stop trying” to sink your putts.
I know, I know, the whole point of putting is that you want to make the ball go in the hole but if you keep your focus there, you will inevitably make less putts.
So, how do you putt better by trying less and “not” trying to sink every putt?
I want you to try this exercise, I assure you, this will help you putt better.
The next time you go out to the putting green, I want you to practice putting by hitting towards “nothing”.
What do I mean?
I want you to actually don’t worry about where your golf ball goes but rather, focus on your putting stroke. Keep putting the ball into “nothingness” while focusing on achieving solid hits.
When you start letting go of everything including that of making putts into a target, you will inevitably start developing a better putting stroke.
Having a good solid contact on all your putts is not only essential, it will pretty much determine whether your putt has a chance to go in the hole or not.
99% of amateurs I have seen play don’t hit their putts solid, the main reason why putts don’t go into the hole.
What does hitting putts solid mean?
When you hit a solid putt, you will be able to feel it in your hands. This will happen because you made a good, free putting stroke without trying to manipulate it. When you hit your putts solid, you will be hitting them squarely in the center of the putter’s sweetspot.
When you hit putts solid, two things happen.
One, your putt won’t be affected as much by the slope nor the putting surface.
Second, you will inevitably sink more putts because your putts “roll” true and smooth.
On the other hand, if you don’t hit your putts solid, you probably don’t even have a chance of making it. (unless you got lucky)
Most pros on tour don’t miss putts because they mis-read the putt, they miss them because they didn’t hit their putts solid.
Once you have mastered your putting stroke, then you can start trying to sink putts on the practice green.
If you keep hitting putts that don’t feel good in your hands, it’s always a good idea to focus on your putting stroke by practicing the stroke itself.
Even one of the best putters in the world Ben Crenshaw tells you to do this in his instructional putting video. Plus, did you know that Ben Crenshaw used to sink putts from everywhere with 1 quick look at the hole when he was a teenager? This is because when you hit your putts solid as hell, you will sink a LOT of putts, as simple as that.
If you don’t believe me, try this next time you are on the putting green.
I really could give a damn how you putt whether that’s left hand down the shaft, criss-cross, or whatever but if you can hit your putts solid, you are gonna be winning more skins and your friends will wonder why you are such damn good putter. (and them always buying you dinner)