I was at the range today, spending a lot of time by myself, as usual, on the practice green.
Part-way through that session, I reminded myself of something that really makes a difference in how to strike putts. That is to hover your putter above the grass before you take it away.
If you take the putter back from resting on the ground, you have to do two things: lift the putter up and then take it back. Because you are moving the putter through two directions and not one, the clubhead can end up wobbling back and forth bit as you take it back, not so much you would notice, but enough to feel like you aren’t really in control of the club.
But if the putter hovers in the air it can be taken away with a hitch, literally, so it swings back and forth in a pure swinging movement.
It also felt to me like I could make a gentler stroke and not have to work at controlling the club.
I found such a stroke rolled short putts with authority and approach putts didn’t feel like they had to be hit so hard.
Have you ever stubbed your putter on the green before it hit the ball on your through-stroke? Won’t happen if your putter is off the ground the entire way.
Give it a try, see if you like it.