Watson’s Shortcuts : To make more putts, look straight down
Tom (American golfer) Watson
I enjoy playing with my son Michael in the annual Office Depot Father-Son Challenge. I gave him a putting tip last time that has always helped me see the line better. I told him to bend over more at the neck so his eyes are looking straight down at the ball, or straight down at the target line slightly behind the ball.
Many of us, myself included, have a tendency to look out over our noses too much addressing a putt. Then we get a distorted perspective when we swivel our heads to look to the target and back. (Be sure to swivel your head and not lift it to look at your target.)
Have a friend check your eyes when you’re over a putt. Are you looking straight down at the ball? Do you need to bend your neck more?
Also make sure your eye line is parallel to the target line, not cocked left or right. Your putts will tend to go where your eye line points.
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