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Ive been playing for almost 10 years now and I still change my putting style little bits. If something isn't working i try to tweak it a little to make it work. Find yourself a professional player and ask for some advice. most are willing to give!
I pretty much had my style from day 1. I got a bit more consistent with it as time went on tho. You develop a feel for how much speed/height you need and how much spin to put on it. One key thing is to pick a putter and settle on it. If you're constantly changing equipment you can't expect any consistency or to develop a solid feel for what you're doing.
Yeah I have never really changed my style from day one, but I have always been fairly solid at putting. I do change it up a bit from time to time. Big key to putting is to just go for it, if you get worried about putt backs and start 2nd guessing your going to miss alot more putts.
It took about 8 months to feel comfortable with stance and style. Been tweeking ever since.
I do know that a quick motion forward makes all the difference since this is where your wrist will bend and create a snap forward w/ your follow through. This is of course if you are spin putting as I do. I make the mistake of slowing down my movement a lot when I get under pressure, which gives my putt no spin, no distance and it just falls flat. Hopefully more practice = more confidence. :)
I'd say a few years. I started off with the staggard stance and spin putting. Then straddle with spin release. Now I use both with a push putting technique. The straddle is my primary stance and works best for me when I'm above or below the basket or on uneven ground. Staggard is handy when I'm about 40' out or so. Just depends on how I'm feeling with the straddle that day.
The key is to be fluid and consistent in your motions, be confident, and get your own basket off Craigslist!!!
My "style" is pretty basic. Square shoulders to the basket, get my balance, and follow through. Nothing to really tweak. It's just a matter of doing those things in a fluid manner and not over thinking it. Proper execution is the key, especially with the follow through.
Find what feels comfortable to you. Practice , Practice, Practice !!!!!!
Everyone has there own form.
Here's someone that's pretty efficient at it:
That's a Golden State Classic right there. Haven't been to La Mirada in ages.
That is indeed La Mirada, my home course. It is Hole# 14 on the Lakeside course. A tough little 375' uphill that has trees blocking the straight shot and a hill and building blocking the hyzer line, forget about the anny route. Then you get this uneven putt to a pin on the side of the hill.