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  1. A few side saddle guys look at the hole when the putt from any distance, so they have full advantage of binocular vision. For those of us who look at the ball when putting side saddle, we're still looking down the line when we do look at the hole. For most people, when they line up a putt from behind the ball and then move beside it, the change of perspective causes the line to look different (parallax error). There are work-arounds for this, like the line on the ball or even spot putting, and it's no different from full swing alignment; if you go to the range at a Tour event, even those gu
  2. This statement will risk being overly broad, so I'll make it only a personal observation: You'll never see a golfer putting side saddle who isn't "definitely solid". Anybody that puts the work in to learn to putt this way is going to be solid, and likely better than that.
  3. I have a story about your first question. (And it is perfectly legal, of course, to hold and swing the JuanPutt in a vertical position, as it is with ANY conforming club, putter or otherwise.) My first side saddle putter was a GP, which is designed to be held and used vertically. But I felt like it was just too small and too light, both of which are necessary for it to be both conforming AND able to be used vertically. Then I came across the JuanPutt online and ordered one, and I had exactly the same question that you have about holding it vertically. I called the cu
  4. As with any fitting question, the answer lies in how well, or poorly, your current clubs fit you. But if you haven't been thru a fitting process, it's likely that you're leaving something on the table; could be distance, could be dispersion, could be consistency, could be a combination of those.
  5. Perhaps you would agree that using a pencil or saw grip, regardless of whether the individual is putting conventionally or side saddle is putting the hand in exactly the position that Burke is talking about here? That grip, now used widely by conventional putters, including on Tour, is also used by the majority of side saddle putters, and I suspect that the popularity of that grip is because that's the way our arms want to swing anyway, which is exactly what Burke is saying. Beyond that, there isn't much common ground between this video and side saddle, simply because Burke and Ma
  6. I've watched and read Randy Haag's stuff from the beginning. He's a great resource; very honest about his game, and highly accomplished.
  7. With all due respect, you've got it backwards. The OP asked a question, and most of the critical responses were utter nonsense, likely from people who have never made any serious study of the subject. All I have done throughout the thread is repeat the advantages; read back over the thread if you doubt this. I, along with several others, have listed the advantages of facing the hole, using binocular vision, and rolling the ball with one hand; reread the responses to those. The most common "criticism" of side saddle putting isn't about side saddle putting at all; it's about what
  8. This is 100% incorrect. Most side saddle putters use a pencil grip with their right hand, and it is not one bit different than the same grip on a conventional putter. Others, like myself, have the palm behind the shaft of the putter with the shaft running down the lifelines of the palm and across the base of the fingers, usually with the index finger extended down the shaft; again, it is no different than grips used by conventional putters. The difference is in the other hand, which, as with the broomstick, is a fulcrum rather than part of the stroke.
  9. Be careful! If you backpedal too fast, you could fall down and hurt yourself!
  10. 100% true! Good players are interested, and often want to talk about it and try the putter, if they haven't already. It's the chops who go crazy. Much like this thread...
  11. You said "one dude"; that's what you were wrong about, and backpedaling doesn't change that. And to be correct, Dechambeau wasn't "trying it"; he had putted that way quite a bit as an amateur.
  12. You're wrong, but that's ok. (And I'm glad you mentioned the LPGA; I forgot about Natalie Gulbis and the Hammy putter, which coincided with the best golf of her career.)
  13. To make the stroke a one-handed stroke instead of two hands. To quiet the hands and wrists, and let the arm swing control the putt. To deal with the anchoring ban, at least in some cases.
  14. Trust me when I tell you that it's not even close. What you "anchor'' when putting side saddle is the elbow of the top arm, and that is perfectly legal under the anchoring rule. The top hand is no where close to being anchored, I assure you.
  15. It's actually far more that "one dude". You can go back to Snead, who won 4 times on Tour putting side saddle with an old Bullseye, you can add KJ Choi, who putted side saddle on Tour for a little while, including in the British Open, Grant Waite, who has putted this way on the Champions Tour a bit, and Randy Haag, who has been one of the better senior amateurs in the world for many, many years and the club champion at Olympic Club many times over. You can add Dechambeau, who putted side saddle for a lot of his amateur career and then did it on Tour until the USGA correctly ruled that his pu
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