If you ask average golfers what the hardest part of the game is, putting will be the answer most given. When I was working at a local golf course, I had the chance to see more missed short putts than anyone should ever have to witness.
The reason putting is such a problem is as obvious to me as it is unknown to the most well known putting instructors and average golfers around the world. As long as the top names in golf instruction remain clueless about the true nature of putting and how to do it, the problems will continue for the average golfer who relies on the information they put out.
The average golfer erroneously believes that they are supposed to make a perfect stroke that propels the ball down the imaginary line the putter is aimed on at address. Is it any wonder the average guy can’t putt? That requires the golfers to consciously attempt to make such a stroke. It also requires that they subconsciously turn off the very instincts they need to get the job done effectively.
I see things differently. Putting is the easiest part of golf. It is easily reduced to a simple target game that can turn to your advantage the instincts that are necessarily turned off when you try to putt the “normal” way. It is far better to use the natural targeting instincts that you were born with than it is to fight with them as you are currently doing. Most of the problems you have now are a result of trying to keep those same instincts in check to begin with.
Putting IS a target game, nothing more or less. It is closer to a game of pool than it is to a tee shot. All that is needed to make putting the strength of your game is to play it like one. Apply the fundamentals of every other target game known to man to your putting and you will stop fighting your instincts. You will be able to make a much better stroke once you get the instincts to work with the stroke rather than against it.
You will also see that the putting stroke is not that important anyway. You will realize that you should have been working on what the ball does after you hit it, not what you do before hitting it.