Humans are predators. Like Lions, Bears, Wolves, Dogs, or Cats, our eyes are located on the front of our face, which means we need our target objective in front of us in order to be successful. Our binocular vision excels when used for depth perception and distance measuring capabilities. Whether this optical capability is used to stalk, pounce, or putt, it is designed to measure distance to improve our chance for success.
The need for a head down, eyes on the ball position, wastes our predator vision and instead uses it for alignment and precision impact with the ballrather than for distance measuring. Small, light, putters demand attention in order to make solid contact with the dime size sweet spot of the face which explains the need for the eyes on the ball philosophy.
Prey animals, from rabbits to wildebeests, have their eyes positioned on the sides of their faces so they can maintain a head down position, ( usually for eating) and still use their wonderful peripheral view in order to detect movement for their defenses. But rather than assessing distance as a predator, we assume this head down position of prey instead.Judging the distance needed for a given putt, WHILE WE PUTT, allows our predator/ binocular vision to judge distance and depth perception which if done correctly will dramatically reduce distance errors. This translates into not only making more putts, but virtually eliminating 3 putts. What is a very interesting side note is how putting like a predatorcan do a lot to reduce the yips by taking away the anxiety ofsteadying the club head at ball contact and instead diverting your eyes and mind toward distance assessment and stroke size.
But order to putt like a predator, we need a putter that we can trust, that will allow us to use stroke size to determine energy input to the ball, all the while knowing that the putters desired impact area, ( sweet spot) will consistently contact the ball as the face remains square and true to the line. This type of physics based putter performance can only mean an increase in both the size AND weight of the putter head. Looks, sound, cost, and who is using it on the tour will not produce this putter performance trait. ( However, these attributes do seem to get the club into your bag/garage!)
Small light putters currently consuming the market do not have forgiving, stabilizing qualities, so they force us to look at the ball as we “visualize” distance rather than to simply look at it while we putt, which too often makes us tentative and anxious over the ball, causing us to putt more like a Rabbit instead of a Lion.