Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 782 - Wednesday September 20, 2023
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Master The Motion Before You Master The Shot.
"15 Minutes of Body Action Drills Are More
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Tom's Featured Tip: Quiet Eyes

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Quiet Eyes

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Quiet Eyes

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

I read this article from The Golf Science Lab. I believe that the target audience was "heads down" putters, but after thinking about it, I believe that it could also apply to "looking at the hole" putters as well.

You’re standing over a six-foot, left-to-right putt on the 17th hole. The match is tight.

You need to make the putt to tie the hole.

The situation alone creates a busy brain. It’s instinctual to look toward the target (the hole) as soon as we strike the putt. But recent studies have shown that a quiet eye could be one key to holing more putts.

A "quiet eye” is the final fixation on a specific area in your visual field before a specific movement.

Precisely, movements where nothing is moving. Shooting a free throw in basketball, throwing a dart at a board, firing a rifle at a target, hitting the cue ball in pool - and yes, putting a golf ball into a hole.

Although the research is in its infancy, data points toward golfers having more success holing putts when their eyes are quieter for a longer period of time before and during the stroke.

In essence, there are three parts to putting:
  1. Evaluating the amount of break, slope and green conditions to give yourself the best opportunity to stroke the putt on the proper line at the appropriate speed.

  2. The pre-shot process, which varies based on personal preference, but is the final piece of programming your brain to allow your body to make the required stroke.

  3. The putt itself, which begins the moment you step over the putt and set the blade behind the ball.
Having quiet eyes is helpful through each step in the process, and here's how you can make quiet eyes work to your advantage:
  1. Set up to the putt and fix your gaze on the hole.

  2. After you are satisfied with your aim, fixate on the ball for 2-3 seconds.

  3. Then maintain your stare at the ground briefly after the putt has started rolling toward the hole
This is where it’s easy to slip.

What most people do is immediately turn their eyes to the hole. If you move your eyes from the ball 3/100th of a second before you hit the putt, your brain was busy.

Why is quiet eye so important in putting?

There is more than one theory.

First, the preprogramming hypothesis maintains that “once your eyes are fixated on the ball… you give your brain time to calculate and plan the correct movement.” The second theory is that “during the putt… if something isn’t right, you still have time to correct it.”

Lastly, the inhibition hypothesis maintains that “quiet eye time gives you time to pick the option you think is optimal…”

This is a trainable skill, but no different than the rest, it takes time. Be patient and slowly it will incorporate into your routine.

When Justin Rose was the top-ranked golfer in the world, he did the same putting drill every week. He’d hit 6-8 foot putts and not look up until the ball had time to reach the cup.

Spend 5-10 minutes on the practice putting green working on quieting your eyes.

In time, you might like what you see.

Try it, you'll like it.

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