Putting Know-How is the ability to know
what to do before you do it.
Knowledge is power. So does knowing about putting help you putt better? Can natural ability and instinct alone make you a good putter?
Can you putt consistently without knowing anything about putting? It is possible, but improbable, as putting is more than just knocking a ball towards a hole in the hope of sinking it.
Here are some requirements to consider for success on the green:
You have got to love to putt and believe that it is fun. Children treat putting as a game and are not into their head with stroke mechanics. Adult golfers have a lot of self-interference and over-think their putts.
Generally when you are doing something you enjoy, your actions come automatically from your subconscious mind. You are not in an analytical mode. Thinking and putting don't go together. Do you thinking behind the ball, never over it.
You won't putt well if you think you are a lousy putter. Your mindset has to reflect a conviction that you are a good putter and that nobody putts better than you.
Write a reminder such as 'I'm Good' on your glove or hand, or carry a small referral card with words such as "I'm a good putter and putting is what I do best."
In putting you don't have to be technically correct or look good. If you can putt consistently with an unorthodox method, then it would be unwise to mess with it.
Any method that produces good putts consistently and holds up under pressure will do just fine. The only reason to change something is when it is not working and there appears to be a better way.
There are two ways to acquire Putting Know-How:
Putting is both Art and Science. This web site provides you with a good deal of information and opinion so you can self-coach. However, you can't learn to putt well merely with a conceptual understanding of how to putt.
Written and spoken words can point you in a certain direction, but
they are no substitute for application. You have to take your learning to the
course and through practice and feedback evaluate the validity of the
information you have received.
The Litmus Test
Does what I have learned help or hinder
my putting performance?