Mark Ellis wrote:
Perhaps the fear is the time spent trying out the new shot is time you could be practicing the old form.
For a long time I was worthless at putting. As a result, I spent a ton of time changing putters, stances, grip, release, etc. and it seemed I was just spinning my wheels. Never getting better and constantly destroying my confidence. I eventually bought a stack of 10 wizards and forced myself to use them and picked the best of my several crap styles. Now I have what I think would be considered poor form but I can hit putts fairly consistently.
I think I'm hesitant to change out of fear of uncertainty settling back in.
Your journey to your current level of competence evolved through trial and error. Now you hit a plateau. Ok. This is the nature of the beast. Trial and error got you to where you are now. It will take you to the next level, too.
The time spent "spinning your wheels" was not wasted. It taught you what worked best for you at your prior level of skill and experience. You are now more experienced and skilled. What may work best for you now and the depth of your potential are unknown. There is one way to find out.
If you want to cement putting confidence then practice putting close enough to the basket so that you MAKE PUTTS CONSISTENTLY. No matter which form or disc or stance you use, making putts builds confidence. Real confidence is not bluster. Real confidence survives a missed putt or a bad day. It allows you to make the next putt and come back strong tomorrow.
So form and confidence are two separate but inter-related aspects. Certain forms or approaches work better for you than others. Trial and error allows you to figure this out. Trial and error allows you to develop a new shot. Once you have a shot then you need to develop confidence in it, which comes through practice.