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#1 Madam

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 07:59 AM

Study shows you should look at your line on breaking putts, not at the ball

 

Spieth, widely considered one of the best putters on the PGA Tour, has a strange putting quirk, in which he often looks at the hole on short putts, instead of focusing on the ball and keeping his head down as most golfers do. Now a study out of Canada (h/t cbc.ca) is providing some scientific support for Jordan's technique.

 

A team of researchers St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada, published a study in the International Journal of Golf Science that claims that, contrary to popular opinion, golfers have more putting success on breaking putts when they ignore their ball and instead maintain focus on where they want the ball to go, i.e. their target line.

 

The study consisted of 28 golfers who were challenged to make breaking putts of three lengths (6, 10 and 14 feet) using both techniques. The attempts in which the players focused on the putting line instead of the hole resulted in 3% more hole-outs.

 

That 3% could lead to a large improvement in a golfer's scores, as noted by one of the study's authors, Neil MacInnis, who said, "It doesn't sound like it's a big difference but if you think about it in golf terms… you're going to save one stroke a round and that's actually very meaningful for golfers."

 

http://www.golf.com/...erior-technique


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 08:28 AM

bringing that 87 down to an 86, wowsers!!


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 01:29 PM

Looking at the hole isn't looking at target line if the ball is breaking? Especially if there's a lot of break you couldn't always see both the hole and the line from ball to hole at the same time.
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Posted 30 November 2017 - 03:13 PM

"Now a study out of Canada "

 

 

Pfffft! Canada? Vested interest or what Mads? :D 


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 03:35 PM

It's this article that Spieth read and also one that I was shown when I started playing golf..

http://www.golf.com/...-putt-look-hole

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 03:39 PM

Excluding Spieth, is anyone who actually does this a good putter? 


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 03:59 PM

Excluding Spieth, is anyone who actually does this a good putter? 

well there's Spieth and umm, there's maybe umm... yeah nope, not really anyone else.

 

 

my favourite analogy is when they say "you look at your target when you're throwing a ball" ... but, even Mouldy can't hit the same part on his putter face twice in a row while looking and concentrating on what he is hitting, how on Matthew Hayden's green earth can he consistently hit something he isn't concentrating on.

When you're throwing, the ball is in your hand, there is no requirement to hit the object you want to put in the hole.

 

 

 

I haven't read the study and will do so later on, but till then I call pish posh 


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Posted 30 November 2017 - 04:18 PM

well there's Spieth and umm, there's maybe umm... yeah nope, not really anyone else.


my favourite analogy is when they say "you look at your target when you're throwing a ball" ... but, even Mouldy can't hit the same part on his putter face twice in a row while looking and concentrating on what he is hitting, how on Matthew Hayden's green earth can he consistently hit something he isn't concentrating on.
When you're throwing, the ball is in your hand, there is no requirement to hit the object you want to put in the hole.



I haven't read the study and will do so later on, but till then I call pish posh


You should try looking at the target when driving the ball, see how consistent your swing is.
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Posted 30 November 2017 - 04:34 PM

well there's Spieth and umm, there's maybe umm... yeah nope, not really anyone else.
 
 
my favourite analogy is when they say "you look at your target when you're throwing a ball" ... but, even Mouldy can't hit the same part on his putter face twice in a row while looking and concentrating on what he is hitting, how on Matthew Hayden's green earth can he consistently hit something he isn't concentrating on.
When you're throwing, the ball is in your hand, there is no requirement to hit the object you want to put in the hole.
 
 
 
I haven't read the study and will do so later on, but till then I call pish posh

I didn't get many runouts either. My highest points score in basketball was 9. I've never got over 180 ten pin bowling. I'm the world's worst dart thrower.

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Posted 30 November 2017 - 04:56 PM

I didn't get many runouts either. My highest points score in basketball was 9. I've never got over 180 ten pin bowling. I'm the world's worst dart thrower.

Happy to ante up on the pool table though.

I'm not sure what that means either, Tol?
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Posted 24 December 2017 - 05:26 PM

Sample size of just 28 is scientific dribble. No statistically significant difference within the huge margin of error.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 08:23 PM

Did this for about 8 years. Well before Speith. Was an old drill that just morphed into my playing style. Worked pretty well some days. Got quite a few comments. Good way to 'feel' the pace of the greens and also good for yippers. What you don't see can't hurt you....


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 08:01 AM

Did this for about 8 years. Well before Speith. Was an old drill that just morphed into my playing style. Worked pretty well some days. Got quite a few comments. Good way to 'feel' the pace of the greens and also good for yippers. What you don't see can't hurt you....

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 04:59 PM

Not really. I mean if you think about it, you don't look at the ball when you toss it to someone etc. You just do it. Try it on the practice green. Once you get used to not hitting the ground before ball it really works. Easy to get used to. I have chipped while looking at target. That's a bit harder but certainly the putting is pretty easy. Sure, you stuff up a few here and there but def worth trying at least on practice green. 



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 05:26 PM

You look at the ball when you're trying to hit it with stick, bat or racquet though. Only difference is they're moving when you hit them.




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