How to Work Looking at the Hole into Your Game
The trick is to genuinely believe that looking at the hole is going to make you a better putter. Nothing inspires belief like results, so here's a two-week plan for success.
Before your next few rounds, hit five or 10 putts on the practice green while looking at the hole. This will start convincing your brain that you won't whiff.
Hit 50 putts to holes at various distances on a practice green. (If your back won't let you do them all at once, pace yourself.) After a while, you'll see that your leaves are getting closer, especially from long range.
Before your round, pick three holes where you will putt while looking at the cup. Have faith - if you've practiced, you're not going to whiff.
Play a complete round without looking at the ball while putting.