So during the British Open I noticed there were times that Jordan Spieth would not look at the ball when he putted. Sometimes short putts , sometimes longer putts, etc. Didn't do it every time but a lot. I thought that was curious and though, man I would suck doing that. I might miss the ball all together.
Well today I went to the putting green to work on some of my putting woes and to work on a few drills from that link I sent you in the other post on Cut your Handicap in Half in 30 days. So I started making 10 3 ft putts, straight, and made 9 of 10. The article said, if you make 8 of 10 move to a 4ft putt. You should make 7 of 10 at that distance. So I did and went 9 for 9 and stopped there because my back was starting to hurt being hunched over constantly. So then i said, ok, my stroke is generally OK. Let me work on longer curved putts where I have to read break.
As I started to do that I missed the first couple and said hmmm, I'm going to watch my mark and see if my ball rolls over the mark I'm intending when I putt. So I setup, turned my head to the mark I was using and putted. Drained it. Did it again, Drained it. Move to another spot. Chose line, setup, turned my head, drained another one. I think I made 4 out of 5 short (3-5ft) putts and the one I missed I drug the putter. So I spent the better part of half an hour doing that drill and made a lot of putts and the ones I missed were close or I had the speed wrong.
To me the hard part will be long putts so I'll have to practice the stroke I intend to hit before I put for sure. I may try it on short putts the next time I play, where I don't have to think about making a long stroke. I am afraid I'll drag the putter on those until I practice more. But all and all it was not as bad as I thought.