I thought I would respond to this recent comment by Jeff from Chicago-
Re-sending from Chicago on a cold winter morning.
Thanks for the blog/story. It is a sign of your maturity that you can lay wide open for all of us to read about your new issues with the short stick. I am sure I am not alone in converting to this side saddler/face on method after the WSJ article. We all would benefit from a separate story/blog on the putting insights you have gained while side saddle worked (how long it took to master, tips on the long vs. short putts, grip, stance, ball position, how long it did work, side saddle putter specs and any changes from stock specs, miss tendencies and what is likely causing misses to the left or to the right, etc.) and now that side saddle isn’t working (what the misses are doing, are these yips the same as the yips from the 1990′s pre-side saddle, do they appear only in competition, are the misses blocks, de-cels, real shakes, etc., do any other friends who adopted this years ago having similar relapses, etc. etc.). The best players get issues and see a teacher to get straightened out. Maybe you could talk about how a side saddle putter can go for help or lessons or professional help before failure sours into yips and dispair.
Just some thoughts for you.
So I will attempt to answer all the questions Jeff has mentioned in his above comment letter: I’d say it took a good year plus to get used to the speed of the longer putts. I also had to get the ball further away from my body as I was hitting my foot with the putter on the back stroke and follow through. The short putts are typically missed early on as most people aim right of the hole for some reason, and struggle to get square. The best drill to fix this is to pull a chalk line and reprogram your eyes as to what is straight. I have found the chalk line to be the most effective tool for getting my putting back on track. The Side Saddle technique is not a QUICK FIX, this is a technique that requires patience, long hour of work, and a fairly long learning curve. BUT once mastered, I believe you CAN putt better than ever, and perhaps elevate you game to new heights like I was able to. When I switched to Side Saddle in 1997 I was 38 years old and had won about 50 amateur events, since then I’ve won over 100 amateur events, and the putter has been my best weapon during that stretch!!
I will address the yips just this one time, as part of the road back is going to be eliminating even the mention of the dreaded state, just like the shanks. The road back for me will be practice, practice, practice like CRAZY. And I will get back to rolling my putts without the electrical charge!!
This article was nice, but has me as a 55 yr old senior which I am not. Please ask any questions about Side Saddle putting. Stay tuned-