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Why Putting Instruction Has Failed You

It is not a stretch to say that everyone who has played golf has been exposed to putting instruction.
Be it in a magazine, the internet, the Golf Channel, or just someone in their group who gives a free putting tip.
Many of the best players swear by the likes of Stan Utley, who teaches a stroke that opens the face on the back swing and then releases, or closes it back, as you stroke the ball.
Hopefully, and with enough practice, you will eventually be able to get the face back to square.
Others teach the straight back and straight through stroke.
Regardless, it seems that most putting instruction is focused on the physical stroke itself.
As a result, when you are over a putt, you are thinking about making a good stroke on the ball.
Nothing can make a golfer miss more putts than a fixation on the putting stroke.
The reality is that if you want to putt well you have to go beyond the stroke.
That means you are far better off to ignore any putting instruction that requires a specific stroke to be made.
Johnny Miller is quoted as saying that he was the best putter in the world when he was 16 years old.
Of course, by the time he hit 40 he couldn't putt at all.
It is not that his nerves went bad.
It was the years of putting instruction he received, either by asking or just hearing it accidentally.
When he was a teenager, he putted by feel and instinct.
Over the years, the instinct was replaced by conscious thought of the putting stroke.
The very same thing happens to most golfers as they get older.
All it takes to get you away from instinctive putting is to miss a couple of putts and the search for an answer as to why.
The problem is usually associated with some perceived fault in the stroke.
In reality, it was just golf.
If you want to putt your best, you should get as far away from putting instruction as you can.
A return to instinctive putting is the way to make more putts.
It doesn't matter if your stroke looks terrible if it starts every putt out on line at the right speed.
The fact that most golfers become worse putters the longer they play the game suggest that putting, at its purest, is an instinctive pursuit.
It is no more difficult than throwing a ball at a target.
Your body is born with natural targeting instincts.
Using them correctly is far more important than making the perfect stroke.
Most putting instruction only gets in the way of your unconscious instincts by focusing on a conscious effort to make a perfect stroke.
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