THE INSTINCT PUTTING METHOD
Charles Rey is the first coach in Europe to propose in his Performance Golf Coaching the Instinct Putting Method developed in USA by Dr. Robert Christina and Eric Alpenfels and used successfully by Jordan Spieth who is considered as the best putter on the PGA Tour.
The Instinct Putting Method represents a revolutionary departure from conventional wisdom. However, it does not require radical changes in the mechanics of your putting stroke. The Instinct Putting Method allows you to go on putting pretty much as you always have, except for one all-important difference: You will execute the putt while looking at the target rather than the ball. In conventional putting, one is taught to look at the ball for the duration of the putting stroke, and not to look up until the ball is well on its way to the hole. In the alternative paradigm - Instinct Putting Method - one looks at the hole or a point along the target line, not the ball, throughout the putting stroke.
Instinct putting requires that you focus both visually and mentally on the target- that you really cast your consciousness out to the place where you intend to leave the ball. You will find that when you do this, when you focus intensely on the target, you will not be able to think much about the mechanics of the putting stroke.
Your skill would improve dramatically if you would learn to concentrate on WHERE to putt the ball and didn’t try to think so much about HOW to execute the stroke.
The brain can handle multiple tasks subconsciously, but it is relatively limited in terms of conscious thought. As you focus consciously on the target, your brain will process a steady stream of visual information regarding the position of the target and the length and the slope of the putt also the grain with or against. But your brain cannot do this and consciously ‘think through´ the mechanics of the putting stroke at the same time.
In most sports - most activities involving motor skills, in fact - the eyes provide a continuous visual input of information to the brain. The brain then translates what both eyes see to give you depth perception and the ability to judge distance, and processes any other visual information relevant to the task at hand. In putting, you achieve this perception of depth and distance when you look at the hole, not the ball.
When you look at the ball you shut off that visual ‘feed‘ of information about where the hole is located, whether you are putting uphill or downhill, with the grain or against it, and the speed and break of the green. Your brain must remember all of that information, and with every second that you linger over the ball, you run the risk of not remembering correctly.
In contrast to orthodox putting, Instinct Putting Method does not require you to remember much at all, because your eyes provide a constant flow of information to the brain.
So, Look at the hole and Trust the stroke!
If you tend to make certain mistakes over and over, you are definitely a candidate for The Instinct Putting Method.
First, answer each of the following eight questions. Your score will indicate whether or not you are a candidate for The Instinct Putting Method.
1 • Do you typically three-putt more than twice per round?
2 • Do you often leave yourself a putt of more than three feet after stroking a mid - to long-distance putt?
3 • Do you tend to lose your ‘feel‘ for the putt after you’ve addressed the ball?”
4 • Do you have a tendency to decelerate the putter and not stroke through the ball smoothly?
5 • Do you sometimes peek or look up too soon on your putts?
6 • Does seeing the movement of your putter head and shaft and your hands and arms during your stroke distract you from making a good putt or cause you to try to consciously control the stroke?
7 • Do you have difficulty stroking the ball on your intended line?
8 • Do you have difficulty maintaining a steady posture - in other words, keeping ‘still‘-during your putting stroke?
Now it’s time to check your score yourself and see how many times you answered ‘yes‘.
0: You are among the greatest putters on the planet and not a candidate for Instinct Putting. You should teach us how to putt.
1 - 2: You are a good putter and possibly a candidate for Instinct Putting. We suggest that you learn the method and practice Instinct Putting to see if it helps you eliminate or reduce the frequency of the one or two putting flaws that you have. If it does, then we recommend that you give serious consideration to using Instinct Putting when you play.
3 - 4: You are a putter in need of some help and definitely a candidate for Instinct Putting. We propose that you think to learn the method and practice Instinct Putting to see if it helps with the three or four putting flaws that you have. If it does, we recommend that you learn to use Instinct Putting when you play.
5+: You are a putter in need of substantial help and definitely a candidate for Instinct Putting. You should learn the method and practice Instinct Putting with the expectation that you will use it when you play.