It is an undeniable physics truth that the direction your putts will roll is predominantly controlled by where the putter face is pointed at impact (over 80%)… so having a putting stroke that delivers a square face to the target at impact should help you sink more puts. With that in mind, spend some time with the ‘two-ball truth teller’ and I guarantee you will keep your puts headed in the right direction more often. Go grab a couple of your shag bag balls (preferably two of the same brand in case you are one of those golfers that have some of those ‘non-conforming’ balls mixed in) and crazy glue them together. A few layers of crazy glue is all that is required. Now set the ‘truth teller’ down and rest the face of your putter against both balls aligning the centre of your putter face to the glued portion in between the two balls, and finish by taking your stance and aligning your body to the face of the putter. Try making some small strokes (imagine 3 foot puts) keeping your eyes focused on the glued area between the two balls and see what happens to the ‘truth teller’. If the ‘truth teller’ spins off or rolls in a direction towards your body (to the left for a right handed putting stance) then the face is closed at impact. If it rolls off or spins off away from your body then the putter face was open at impact. The more the ‘truth teller’ spins and the less it rolls, the more open or closed your putter face is coming back to the ball at impact. Don’t get frustrated with this training device as the ‘truth teller’ shows no mercy and sometimes the truth can be difficult to accept! This is also a great tool to use with the ‘push drill’ for your putting stroke where you forgo the back swing component and simply focus on the follow through towards your target. If you quite simply can’t ever get the ‘truth teller’ to roll during your practice then we know there is ‘something happening’ in your putting stroke in the backswing or on the way back to the ball, and it is time to come and see your friendly local Teaching Professional for some putting help.
See you on the practice green, Dave Lengyel