Nohr wrote:I have been thinking about this recently and wanted to get other peoples ideas on it.
Why do most people lift their back leg up when putting? If you reduce the number of movements it should be easier to recreate. I have been trying out putting with both feet planted. I figure if my whole bottom half of my body stays stationary all I have to worry about is arm movement. My jacked up thinking is less moving parts = easier to do. Easier to do = More Consistent (less things have to go right/wrong to make/miss the putt).
In my opinion you are partially correct that less moving part means it should be easier to do. I think the key is to use fewer steps to make it easier; and personally I think you are hurting yourself by trying to eliminate lifting your leg as you are actually adding a step by cognitively making yourself not lifting your leg. I think the leg lift is a natural part of the putting motion, to me it’s the follow through on a putt; would you try to stop your arm from following through on a drive? No, so don’t do it here. I think the biggest part of eliminating motion or steps in a putt is in your delivery; limiting one or more of the following, rocking, elbow bend, wrist action, etc. Don’t get me wrong, a solid finish to a put is important (shoulders finishing square, hand open and parallel to the poll, and control of balance) but the finish is not what you should focus on limiting.
Nohr wrote:When I have a steep hillside putt it feels weird releasing it. I have to think part of it is because I can't kick my back leg up.
Nohr wrote:So if kicking your leg up is making putts easier. Not being able to kick your leg up will make the putt harder. Eg if you have a sketchy lie it is going to be hard to make the putt if you can't kick your leg up. Unless you practice not using your lower body.
If I have even a slight slope I use a straddle putt. Having both a straddle and a straight putt is key in this sport. A Straddle putt still allows you to use your lower body, it actually uses more for how I putt, but you’re using your lower body in a different way.
Nohr wrote:I agree it would make longer putts harder. I only think it would be used inside the circle. It would be pretty hard to get called on a foot fault if you don't move anything but your arm.
Like I said before the leg lift is still important for the follow through, what is more important inside the circle is limiting or stopping the rocking motion. If you watch any of the top pro’s they still lift their leg, but have almost no rocking motion. When I’m 20ft and in I actually stand balanced on one foot with my other foot either slightly off the ground or barely touching. This causes me to only use my upper body; what this does is keep my shoulders square to the basket, the only thing I really have to do is throw it hard enough to get there. From 20 to 35 feet I still don’t use a rocking motion, what I do is use my back foot to push off to give me that little extra umph I need to get the disc there, but the main focus is still keeping my shoulders square and finishing balanced on my leading foot. Clue has told me my putt looks a lot like Timmy Gill’s; I’ve since watched his form and would say mine is very similar.
Nohr wrote:So what do you think? Is purposely practicing flat footed putting stupid?
Yes – only because of my reasoning of why the leg lift is important in non-straddle putts.
"I'm not impressed with aces of any kind. 95% of the time, they're just bad shots that got lucky and happened to hit the chains. Otherwise, they'd have sailed 50' past the hole." ~ Cydisc