I now use that same side-saddle putter as a belly putter, because I couldn't judge distances accurately using only the right arm (in a piston motion). I am much better at judging distances when holding a belly putter using both arms.
Post by richie3jack on Dec 10, 2010 8:27:40 GMT -5
I've never tried it. I am a novice when it comes to the eyes and optics, but from an aiming standpoint, it's easy to see why the face on putting would be advantageous. However, I agree more with Geoff Mangum's philosophy that speed/touch is the most important part of golf, then a distant second is hitting the ball in the direction the putter face was aimed. Then he goes into green reading, aim itselft, etc.
I used to be a really good putter in college, probably out of necessity. I didn't focus a ton on aim and spent a reasonable amount of time working on my stroke, but nothing out of the ordinary. Instead, I just felt if I practiced enough, I'd become a good putter.
When I got back from taking an 8-year layoff, my putting started out well, but then it faltered for the rest of the year. It wasn't until I heeded the advice of Mangum and David Orr on focusing primarily on the speed that my putting improved dramatically.