Grooved Golf Swing Series: How To Be A Better Putter - Some Tips

by Bill Maitland - Date: 2007-01-20 - Word Count: 406 Share This!

First a look at the alignment of the putter blade as you place it behind the ball. If you have your putter shaft laid back from the vertical the blade will be laid back too.

This creates more roll on the ball.

However, there is a danger of topping the ball when putting in this manner. This results in inconsistency of distance.

So, unless you really like to put like this, this is not such a good idea.

Worse still is having the shaft forward of vertical. Obviously, this creates a slightly downward hit on the ball and drives it into the ground a bit. This causes the ball to skip erratically and so roll badly.

The answer therefore for most of us is a vertical blade when putting. This allows for consistent, solid striking of the ball resulting in a true roll.

Now how about the set up when putting.

It does not really matter how you stand.

Whether it be with your side towards the hole or using a more open stance, or even facing the hole. The open stance suits me better than any other. I think it is more natural.

It is the stance used in lawn bowls, cricket or even sending a ball towards a target using an under arm throw.

The degree of open stance will be an individual thing and will be up to you to find what is best for you.

However, there are two things that you must incorporate into your stance.

You must have good balance. You must feel totally comfortable.

You must position your head over the ball.

By this I mean, over the line from the ball to the hole.

This line can be extrapolated behind the ball so allowing you to have your eye over the correct line to the hole, but behind the ball.

You might like this because it is a bit like looking along the sights on a rifle. You can see the line better if you are lined up with your eyes a bit behind the ball.

Where ever you place your head, it is essential that it remains totally still during the put.

All that is left is to determine where to put your weight when you put. If you are a right hander, I suggest you put more weight on your left foot, and try putting your weight on your heel.

With putting there are no rights and wrongs. So here are some ideas.

Take them and use them to work out what works best for you.

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Bill Maitland is a thinking, inventive golf guru. He thought out and developed simple techniques and tips which enabled him to lower his handicap from 25 to 18, then from 18 to 15, and finally from 15 to 12. He is a passionate golfer, and delights in helping others with their game should they want his help. To receive a valuable weekly golf tip go to his web site and subscribe to his free Hole In One News Letter. You will be so glad that you did. Author of GOLF TIPS. An e-Book that takes you step by step to being the best golfer that you can possibly be. To learn about his tips and simple techniques and see his book visit Online Golfers Handbook

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