Originally Posted by UCBananaboy
Honestly -- before April of this year, my practice time was probably cumulatively < 1 hour over the last 5 years (not counting warm-up pre-round).
I was never one to practice and would much rather play than grind range balls or the putting green.
Ironically, this spring I made a concerted effort to spend some time on the putting green / short-game area and have probably done about 10 hours of work...and my putting has regressed. I don't expect my putting to be high-caliber with the erratic amount I play, but it's no less disheartening.
I play about twice every 3 weeks w/o touching a club between those times. Living 400 miles away from your Golf Club isn't the most conducive to practice
<1 hour over the last 5 years? Seriously? And while 10 hours since April is obv a huge improvement, I've done close to that this week!
Sorry, but it won't matter what you read or what advice you get, you'll never be a good putter if you don't put in the hours. Spend whatever free time you have on the putting green using training aids and advice you get here and in books and I guarantee you will improve. It is the only way to get good, bottom line.
Isn't there a golf course around you with a putting green?
While my putter is 35", I generally grip down a bit so it plays a bit more like 33.5/34
Not really the same though. The 35's tend to have lighter clubheads and gripping down throws off the headfeel/SW. I would head to GS or wherever and experiment with a true 33" to see how it feels.