Long answer – Well this is one of my favourite topics, so please excuse the lengthy reply! I have tried pretty much every kind of putting technique that the big guros or pro’s use, in combination with an appropriate putter for that style. Not so much out of desperacy, cause honestly I’ve had some success with almost all styles, but mostly because I love putting/putters and I’ve always been very curious about different approaches. And since I had my first kid five years ago, I don’t have as much time to play 18 holes as I used to, but I live very close to a good training facility with a great putting green, so I tend to spend most of my golf time there.
From a pure first instinct to what style feels the most natural to me, I have to say it is probably the “Faxon style” of putting. Grip in your fingers, slightly open stance, head back to see the line, small forward press to get the motion started and just roll the ball without any kind of stroke thoughts or worries. This style works so well on the practice green and often on the course as well. BUT, unfortunately for me, I do have days when I simply can’t see the line with this setup cause something obviously is just slightly off from where it was the last time. When that happens, I start to mess around with my posture, I move the ball a little forward or back in my stance, I move closer or further away from the ball, I open or close my stance, I forward press some more or less etc. and all of the sudden I am completely lost and I start to steer, push or pull my putts and it is a total disaster.
There is a style of putting that Seemore promotes you use when using their putters. In short, it is that everything should be square to the target line, upright posture with eyes inside the ball, grip in the fingers, not the palm, no forward press, even balance with everything perfectly centered, hide the red dot and let the putter swing on the arc of it’s plane. This to me felt a bit stiff and uncomfortable in the beginning, but the thing is, I never have a day when I don’t see the line with this style, since it is so easy to get into the exact same setup with a Seemore putter. And the more I practised this style of putting, the more natural it felt and now is very comfortable for me.
If you look at the pro’s practising putting, all of them, even those that you would think putt only based on feel and instinct, like Snedeker or Bubba, they all have mirrors or lasers or some sort of devise to double check their setup. With a Seemore putter and their philosophy on how to setup, so much of this is taken care of by itself without constantly having to use gadgets to double check everything.
As to the putters themselves, apart from the whole red dot thing which is obviously something I love, I think most of them are very well balanced and work so smoothly for this style of putting. I was recently in the US and had a day with nothing planned and bonus miles on my card ready to use, so I actually went to their headquarters for a fitting. This is something I have long wanted to do and it was a great experience. I left with one of their fancy 100% milled mFGP2 putters in hand, perfectly specced out for me. It is one of the, if not the best feeling putter I have ever used. Super easy to swing on plane, but very stable as well.
From now on, whenever I know I want to putt the best I can, I will use this putter. I really don’t think I am going to be messing around with other putters or styles from now on. But, I will however still sometimes throw a Bullseye in the bag, cause I simply love rolling a bullseye from time to time. Particularly when I only carry a half set in my Sunday bag, a Bullseye just seems appropriate for some reason. The Seemore philosophy on technique works very well for this kind of putter too, and I’m actually in the process of setting one up to the exact same specs as my new Seemore putter. But that’s a different topic.
I know this sounds like I’m getting payed by Seemore, but I’m not. Quite on the contrary actually, I’ve spent quite some cash on different putters from them. But I really do believe in their system and product though.