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1 minute ago, sekrah said:


Yea, like I said I'll practice stroke looking at the hole and trying to sink that feeling in as I go hit the putt.. Sometimes works really well, but if I don't strike it solidly it doesn't work.  Just something I need to practice more.

 

I have not been doing a practice stroke. But I also look at the hole and not the line. I set up on the line, but I am looking at the hole.

 

I am interested in what the books take on it is. I've just been winging it so far, but damn if it doesn't work for me.

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34 minutes ago, lefthack said:

 

I have not been doing a practice stroke. But I also look at the hole and not the line. I set up on the line, but I am looking at the hole.

 

I am interested in what the books take on it is. I've just been winging it so far, but damn if it doesn't work for me.

 

 

Oh it definitely works.  You can win money betting your buddies on some pre-round closest to the hole games on the practice green.  A 50 foot putt after getting right out the car, I would bet it all on the guy looking at the hole when he strokes it.

 

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1 hour ago, sekrah said:

I just posted about this on another thread, but do you look at the baseball in your hand as you're throwing it? 

 

When I'm on the practice green I am looking at the hole all the time.. I take my practice strokes looking at the hole and If you can perfect your stroke - and trust it - you can definitely do it in a live round.

 

I think distinction with the baseball analogy is that the baseball is already in your hand when you are throwing it. I've tried head's up putting a few times and have had some really good success, but there's one thing that always holds me back: the occasional really bad contact with the ball. That doesn't happen with my standard putting approach.

 

Imagine an infielder charging a ground ball to bare hand it. He's not looking at the ball when he throws it, but before he throws to first, he's probably watching the ball into his hand. 

 

I'm not a bad lag putter anyways, so this might not be an approach that I find beneficial. 

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1 hour ago, sekrah said:

I just posted about this on another thread, but do you look at the baseball in your hand as you're throwing it? 

 

When I'm on the practice green I am looking at the hole all the time.. I take my practice strokes looking at the hole and If you can perfect your stroke - and trust it - you can definitely do it in a live round.

 

I think distinction with the baseball analogy is that the baseball is already in your hand when you are throwing it. I've tried head's up putting a few times and have had some really good success, but there's one thing that always holds me back: the occasional really bad contact with the ball. That doesn't happen with my standard putting approach.

 

Imagine an infielder charging a ground ball to bare hand it. He's not looking at the ball when he throws it, but before he throws to first, he's probably watching the ball into his hand. 

 

I'm not a bad lag putter anyways, so this might not be an approach that I find beneficial. 

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1 hour ago, sekrah said:

I just posted about this on another thread, but do you look at the baseball in your hand as you're throwing it? 

 

When I'm on the practice green I am looking at the hole all the time.. I take my practice strokes looking at the hole and If you can perfect your stroke - and trust it - you can definitely do it in a live round.

 

I think distinction with the baseball analogy is that the baseball is already in your hand when you are throwing it. I've tried head's up putting a few times and have had some really good success, but there's one thing that always holds me back: the occasional really bad contact with the ball. That doesn't happen with my standard putting approach.

 

Imagine an infielder charging a ground ball to bare hand it. He's not looking at the ball when he throws it, but before he throws to first, he's probably watching the ball into his hand. 

 

I'm not a bad lag putter anyways, so this might not be an approach that I find beneficial. 

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Callaway Mavrik Max 3 wood

Cleveland Launcher UHX 18 degree utility iron

Callaway Mavrik 4 hybrid

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23 hours ago, lefthack said:

My reads are a work in progress, but my speed and distance is close. I'm hitting 30'+ putts to within 2' and often either made or on the lip if my read was good.

 

The less I think about it, the better it is. 

That's fantastic regarding your 30'+ lags coming within a couple of feet!!!

 

Your comment of "THE LESS I THINK ABOUT IT, THE BETTER IT IS," is priceless and this should be on a card that every amateur keeps in their pocket, pulling it out and reading it to themselves when they are tempted to think of their last hole, their last shot, a swing or stroke thought, etc. 

 

One's mind should be TOTALLY devoid of ANY thoughts except for a visualization of their next swing/stroke, shot and desired outcome!!

 

Great Comment & Post Brotha👊
 

Cheers🍻

RP

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On 7/14/2021 at 9:55 AM, lefthack said:

 

The basketball free throw was what got me thinking. I have a "routine" but I am thinking about the target, not the ball.

 

 

I agree but the main difference in golf is that you have a club in your hand.  So the mind to body connection isn't as strong as if you were just holding a ball.  The good news is that you can practice is so the club becomes an extension of your hand while putting.

 

A TRUE test of this method would be swinging a golf club while focusing on the target the entire time.  but I don't think the world is ready for that yet 😁

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33 minutes ago, MrHateCoffee said:

 

I agree but the main difference in golf is that you have a club in your hand.  So the mind to body connection isn't as strong as if you were just holding a ball.  The good news is that you can practice is so the club becomes an extension of your hand while putting.

 

A TRUE test of this method would be swinging a golf club while focusing on the target the entire time.  but I don't think the world is ready for that yet 😁

 

I think part of why it works for me is because of the fixed swing mechanics. My putt swing is fairly square with very little movement other than the shoulder pivot. Like a free throw, there is a lot of routine.

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I have been heads up putting for the last few months with good results until the last week. Lately, I find I am (potentially due to looking at the hole) setting up a bit open and cutting across the ball. In truth, it is only two bad rounds of putting but it kind of has me shook up a little bit. I was automatic for a for a while and still think heads up putting is good for me but just a word of caution to everyone who may get lazy with their setup. I think I just need to get the chalk line back out and make sure putts are starting on line. 

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