Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Third-Eye Putting

As a "teaser" for my Golf/Zen Novel — The Hole of the Third Eye: A Fable of Golf, Zen, and Life — here is the very first tip that the strange old codger, Joseph, gives to Harry, the main character.

Eastern philosophers say that you have a "third eye" that resides not in your physical self but, instead, in your spiritual self, and that you see both differently and more clearly with it than with your conventional eyesight. You can think of it as your inner self or your sub-conscious self.

Even though that "eye" is not physical, you can visualize it as though it resides in your skull — in the center of your forehead, just above your eyebrows.

You can use that third eye to your advantage on the putting green. To get the idea, make a circle with thumb and forefinger of your lead hand (the left, for right-handers) and put the circle on your forehead to simulate that third eye.

When you take a putting stance and look down at the ball, you're looking with all three eyes and, similarly, you're still looking with three eyes when you pivot your head to look at the hole. Then, when you turn your head back to the ball, leave that "third eye" circle where it was, looking at the hole (it will be somewhere above your left ear). You now have a tremendous advantage... looking at the ball and the hole, simultaneously!

With a little mental practice, you'll find that you can take that idea onto the course and that your distance control, your sense of "pace," will improve.

Try it, and let me know how it works.

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