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Correct I understand that starting your putts on line are important but which one of the methods that I am talking about will allow me to do those things? Does anyone here have experience with these strokes and can answer the questions I'm asking?
My opinion & I'm sure there'll be plenty of disagreement.
I switched this year, from a pronounced "swinging gate stroke", to more of a SBST stroke. I lean over more at address and now putt left hand low. I improved my putting statistics dramatically. Went from a 10 hc to a 5.
Putting is all about "direction", it is not about "speed". You can misread the speed, but if you have the right direction, the ball will fall. Stockton says the left hand "guides" the club for direction and the right hand provides the power.
IMO, a swing gate stroke relies on "timing" to provide both direction and power.
A stroke with less arc, that essentially keeps the putter head square to the target (Stockton), is more repeatable.
For my money, it seems counter productive, if the face of the putter is aiming anywhere other than at the hole, at the end of your stroke.
FWIW. In the "old days", guys like Player, Crenshaw and most famously, Bobby Locke, released the putter head and reportedly put "hook spin" on the ball. I think this was more a function of necessity, because the greens were so bumpy, it was difficult to keep the ball online.
Just my 10¢ worth.
Direction may trump speed but for every 6" past "foot by pace" you shrink the effective capture area of the hole by 12%. If your ball goes 2 feet past you have effectively shrunk the hole 24%.
I posted a few Face On Path graphics in another thread which support your idea regarding timing of the gated fanning action, good stuff there.
Are you sure Stockton advocates the putter face looking at the hole thoughout the stroke? I think he's more a square to path guy, limited rotation for sure.
At the end of the forward stroke with a face angle square to path you'll see the putter face actually a little closed, still square but having been square at impact. An IDTL stroke will look more like the face is directed at the target.
Face angle at impact is 83% of ball direction. There is due to the low speed of the putter head very little gyroscopic action of side spin. So the hook comments of old actually I think related more to trying to impart top spin. When you think about the hook vs. slice the first is a running top spin the later is a breaking back spin in gyroscopic terms.
PuttingDoctor, Can you please link me to the thread where you talked about face closure. Thanks for the response to this thread. Sounds like the Stockton method is certainly easier to maintain than closing the face