Use Dominant Eye to Make More Putts
Are you missing a lot of putts? Do you think you have a good putting stroke and can not understand why you continue to miss to the right or left?
If you miss to the right, do you start lining up more to the left? The problem with that is that when the green has a break to the cup you have to first line up for the break and then line up left of that to compensate for your missing right.
So, here is the initial thought...you see a break going to the left. You line up to the right of the cup to allow for that break. You have been missing right by half a ball's width. So, you move the putter what you consider to be a half ball width. Now, your mind's eye is seeing the break and your brain is remembering that you adjusted your line by a half width of your ball and suddenly confusion sets in.
I recently made a discovery while watching the PGA Tour on tv. A golfer was lining up his putt and was turning his head to one side so as to look at the line from only his left eye. It made me stop and think. Could my dominant eye be on the wrong side of my body in relation to my putting the golf ball? I had been missing putts to the right for years and especially the 3-4 footers.
Okay, so I am a lefty like this guy to my right. Problem is, I am actually right handed. I throw a baseball right handed. I write right handed. I kick right footed. I reach for objects with my right hand. The only thing I do left handed is swing a baseball bat and golf club. Go figure. But, then this guy to my right is exactly the same. And, I might add that Ben Hogan was left handed and played golf right handed.
So, what has this got to do with putting? As I said, I noticed this PGA player using one eye to size up his putt and I knew instantly that he was using his dominant eye. What clicked for me, however, was the fact that my dominant eye is my left eye. That would be fine if I putted right handed to go along with my natural tendencies to do things from the right (not referring to anything political here).
To make myself clear, when I am putting left handed my dominant left eye is furthest from the target and sits on the opposite side of my nose in relation to the hole in the green. I immediately picked a target on the tv screen and looked first with both eyes through a circle that I made with my fingers and then I closed my dominant left eye and guess what happened? The target moved to the right!
I jumped up from my recliner and went into my gym where I keep a putting cup and I grabbed a putter and ball and gave myself a test. I putted looking at the cup with both eyes and the ball went to the right of the cup. Next, I closed my right eye and lined up the putt with only my left dominant eye. The ball went dead center into the cup!
I took it to the course the next day and made putt after putt after putt. I even made long putts with breaking curves. It was very exciting to say the least.
Here is my point. If my right eye sees the cup two inches to the right of where my dominant left eye sees the cup then naturally I am going to line up right of the hole unknowingly and miss to the right. But, if I close my right eye and turn my head more towards the cup to allow my left dominant eye to get a good read I am then going to be looking at a true line to the cup and if I make a good stroke the ball should go dead center.
Do you know your dominant eye? Simply take a target approximately ten feet away and with both eyes open point your index finger at that target. It does not matter which hand you use. Now, close either eye. If the target stays in the same place, that open eye is your dominant eye. If the target moves away from your finger, that eye is the non-dominant eye. I would love to hear from you if you start making those putts.
Good luck and hit 'em long and straight!