Well, yesterday I finished my first of many putting practices for the winter. I decided to start on our rug in the basement because it has many straight lines I can use to help with my alignment. I must say, it was fun to putt, but I did not glean very much from my practice time.
I thought by banging the ball around I could gather some sense of what direction I need to go in order to improve my putting. I hit short 8 to 10 foot putts with the intent of seeing what was up. The only thing I noticed is that I need more training aides.
The first thing I will get is 3 balls of yarn and a couple of straight edges. I need to set up my putting stroke and alignment in a more scientific manner. The yarn will be for direction and aiming. It will be helpful to establish a long straight line in order to work on my aim and actual stroke.
The straight edges will be used to adjust my feet position with respect to the yarn and putter head. I found during my last practice that just putting, without any real plan, is like playing golf for fun. It is great to play, but keeping expectations low is a smart idea.
My intent moving forward is to use inexpensive, common household items to establish training aides. As I do, I will post what I did, materials used, and how successful I thought my training aid worked. I think it is important to show the good and the bad because everyone learns differently and as such, be able to benefit from my trial and error approach to putting over the winter.
So stay tuned for more, this is only the beginning.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!