If your a shitty putter, it may be time to make a change, and Side Saddle putting is a great option. The most popular questions that I’ve been asked are 1. How long does it take to be competent and competitive with this technique? A. Its going to be different with each Individual, but getting the correct instruction, and making sure the anchoring left hand does not move, you could be completive after just a few months of practice. But the real answer is I believe about 1 year.
2. What Side Saddle putter do you use? I started with a Jack Koski “So Easy” Side Saddle putter and then went to a STX Side Saddle putter which you can still find occasionally on Ebay
3. Will Side Saddle putting be legal once the new putting rules take effect. Absolutely YES, I do not anchor the putter to my body, and the putter and style all conform to USGA standards
4. Is Side Saddle putting a quick fix to putting problems- Absolutely NO, this technique requires a lot of practice and proper technique before you will be able to make putts from all lengths.
If you can’t putt, forget competing in golf, the putter is the great equalizer in this game we all love. So what’s happened to me? It seems like personally I developed a YIP with my side saddle technique. I am currently reading one of Dave Stockton’s books Own your own game, but seriously nothing seems to be working. Today at Seminole I experienced three 3 putts and one 4 putt. And any 20 footer I have, I know I have no chance of making with my eyes open, most of my putts now are with my eyes closed. I had a great run of over 15 years putting well above average with this technique, but now am looking for a way back. Its two things, one I get a jolt of YIP at impact, and 2nd I have lost my keen speed control feel. Not sure how this happened, but now I have a better appreciation for how good I was able to putt over this period from 1997-2011 where I won over 80 amateur events, and played in 20 USGA events and 5 professional majors. Now I’m searching for a new way to approach my putting, in hopes to regain the touch I once had. Honestly if I cannot regain the touch I’ve enjoyed in the past, I am not sure I will play competitive golf very much longer.
I feel like I can help a lot of players putt better than they ever have before putting this way, despite my own personal issues, I strongly urge all of you that struggle with your putting to try this technique.
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