Putting is a unique skill that needs care and attention. I spent a great deal of time honing my putting stroke and as a result, I feel that I have developed a groove that works best for my game. I have tried many different techniques, grips, stances and putting motions. It was all a process and one that has led me to a point where I am very confident in my putting stroke. Unfortunately, I lose my touch now and again, but I have found a drill that helps to quickly restore my equilibrium. It is simple and repeatable, thus can quickly improve my feel and distance when things to awry.
This putting drill focuses on improving our senses when putting. Sometimes we rely too much on one sense and it overshadows the others. Putting is a rhythmic dance between our sense of feel, touch and sight. Unfortunately, when our vision becomes the dominant sense, we have a tendency to lose our feel and touch. All three senses working in unison, putting become easier. It really is important to use all three.
In my case, my past experiences teach me that my vision will dominate my putting. This causes me to miss read putts, but more importantly I lose my ability to hit my ball to a distance. This hurts my lag putting and sometimes turns a routine two putt into the dreaded three putt. To fix my woes, putting with my eyes closed helps right my ship:
Putting with my eyes closed was a challenge at first. I found that my stroke started to sway and hitting the center of the club face was a challenge. After several attempts, things tightened up and I was able to make solid consistent contact. After more practice, I gained back my touch and feel. This drill is a quick fix drill for me. I have put a great deal of time in practice to develop my putting stroke and using this drill helps me manage short game when things are not going as planned. Give it a try, it might be the drill you are looking for that will improve your putting efforts.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!