This game is often made easier when we simplify. Purge mechanical swing thoughts. Just “think target”. Use only one swing key if you must think about something. Stop worrying about your score. Just follow your pre-shot routine and let the shot happen. Don’t confuse results with effort.
My brain is in a mental pretzel after putter shopping yesterday.
I was in my golf retailer trying different models. Blades, mallets, Ping, Scotty Cameron, Taylor Made, Odyssey, Ray Cook, you name it. Everything was rolling to the right with cut spin. The problem I’m solving for is an aiming one and this was getting discouraging. I have no markings on my 30-year old Ping Answer and it’s awfully hard to putt consistently if you can’t line up your target. After an hour of futility, I grabbed a Ping Sigma G Doon and lined up a 30-foot putt but decided to try my on-course pre-shot routine. This involves lining the putt up from behind and identifying a spot 6-12″ in front of the ball to roll the putt over. I recently started spot putting to help with my aiming problems. So I started banging 30-footers into the cup but noticed the aiming mark on the top of the putter was lined up 8″ left. Here was a moment of clarity. Like Paul Newman in The Color of Money, I learned that my vision sucked. With the putter aimed 8″ left, I tried a few more just swinging at the hole and they continued to roll straight at the target. The cost of the putter was a little above my price point so I left the store empty handed and confused.
At home, I grabbed some masking tape and penned an alignment aid on the back of my Ping Answer and did some rug putting. The sweet spot on my Answer is a little towards the heel but I like to hit my putts on the center of the club face. I started to line putts up with just my dominant eye. Needless to say, my experimentation didn’t go well. I was NOT simplifying anything, and was adding twists to the pretzel.
What should I do before I come unglued? I have half a mind to hit the reset button and just go buy the Doon. Thoughts?