From my teaching spot on the left side of the range I often glance back at the putting green to watch people practice their putting. One of the flaws I can see even from that far away is lots of excess movement during the stroke. Here are some ideas that can help you stay more stable over the ball while you move the putter back and forth, and when you are successful at achieving a quieter stroke you are going to be more consistent:
1. Try to feel rooted into the ground at address. I like to feel like I’m “heavy” with pressure under both of my feet. You might check to see whether or not you are holding your breath. You will feel more grounded if you have exhaled.
2. Focus on keeping your legs perfectly still during your stroke. At home you can back yourself up against a chair and stroke a few. It’s surprising how different the stroke feels when you don’t shift weight or rotate when you hit the putt.
3. Move your shoulders and chest back and forth without moving your head. It is imperative to keep your head still.
4. Hold your finish! When you reach the end of your stroke keep the putter right there and just swivel your eyes to watch the putt roll. You only have to keep your eyes down until you know you have hit the putt.