Putting is mainly about having a feel for the correct distance and aiming correctly while visualizing the roll of the ball.
The easier part is usually to aim properly. You can take your time to align the ball and take a closer look at the green.
The hard part is to have the proper stroke for the ball to actually fall into the cup.
To help you develop a better feeling for your putting stroke putting with your eyes closed is one of the best things you can do. So take a couple of balls and drop them approximately 10 feet around a putting hole.
Do not be precise, so you have different lies and distances. Then go through your putting routine for each ball.
But before you actually putt close your eyes. Then call out your shot (e.g. long-left, short-left, long-left, long-right, holed) before you open your eyes.
Finally see if what you felt is actually the reality and adjust accordingly for the next putt.
You can even make a competition with some friends.
The goal is to hole the putt but you also get points if you correctly call out your shot (e.g. 3 points for a holed putt, 1 point or a correct call out). Of course you are always aiming for the cup.
Making deliberate misses to gain points is against the rules. In the end you would only betray yourself.
The most important point is to really try to feel your stroke and visualize the path the ball should take beforehand.
The first few times it will feel awkward, but you will be impressed how fast you can improve your putting touch with this exercise.
- Drop some balls approximately 10 feet around the hole.
- Go through your normal putting routine for each ball.
- Close your eyes before each putt.
- Call out your shot before you open your eyes (e.g. short-left etc.).
- See if your call out was correct.