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esson 8 - Putting. (Changed -24//09/2019)

The putting stroke is a part of the golf game that causes many golfers to under perform -

Set Up

The stance you should adopt for my technique is almost identical to the stance required for the full golf swing except that the left shoulder is only slightly higher than the right shoulder and the body is arched over the ball, so that the eyes look directly down on the target line, but with the left eye positioned directly over the ball.

The feet should be placed slightly closer together than the full golf swing stance and the weight of the body balanced about 90 % over the left leg throughout the putting movement.

However it is the set up of the upper body that is the key to being able to putt well.

The triangular shape to the upper body is maintained throughout the putting stroke by keeping the elbows close as possible and the putter is held with the wrists locked so that as the shoulders rotate back and forth, the arms and the putter move as single solid unit.

The action of keeping the elbows held close together throughout the complete putting stroke will reinforce the compact upper body unit so that the unit remains is a solid and stable condition as the putting stroke is performed.

At the address position the elbows are held as close together as is physically possible, the shoulders are held at an angle so that the left shoulder is slightly higher than the right shoulder.

Therefore because of the sloping shoulder line, at the address position the left arm will be perfectly straight, whilst the right arm is held in a slightly folded condition, with the putter square to the target line and held with a firm left hand grip so that the club face does not twist out of alignment whilst the putting stroke in performed.

So do not forget, it is the rotating movement of the upper body unit whilst held together as a very compact unit that moves the putter, so do not fall into the trap of simply using the movement of the arms to make a back swing.

Ball Position.

The ball position should be just left of centre of the stance, but with the left eye directly over the line of the putt and directly over the centre of the ball, but importantly, once this position is set, it is vital that the position of your head is held firmly in place until well after the ball has been struck.


Gripping the Putter.

The grip that I use is a conventional grip where the back of the left hand is facing the target. ( The left hand must hold the face of the putter square firmly so that it returns the putter back to the ball whilst square to the target line.

The position of the hands is also conventional, for example, overlap grip with the right hand lower than the left hand.

Both hands grip the putter very lightly.


Therefore whilst carrying out the putting stroke it is very important that the upper body unit remain compact as the movement pushes the putter head back and forth.

This is where the practice strokes are important, they mentally prepare yourself for the actual process of putting.

Head Position.

To check whether the head position is correct at the address position, if you drop an imaginary plumb line from your left eye down to the ground, two things will indicate the correct position:-

1) The centre of the plumb line weight should be hovering directly over the target line.

2) The plumb line weight should hover over a position over the centre of the ball.

Practice strokes.

Adopt a habit of holding the putter head square to the target line at all times especially as the ball is struck.

This practice routine of ensuring that the putter face is always square to the target line does two things for your putting action, first of all it will program your body with the correct movement, but importantly it allows you to concentrate solely on the length of the back swing that is required to hit the ball the required distance.

Putting Action.

I hold the upper body unit firmly together as a solid one piece unit so that as the shoulders rock back and forth the arms and the putter automatically move. Do not allow the arms to move independently of the shoulders at any point in the putting stroke.

When it comes to the role of the hands in the putting action, both hands hold the putter firmly so that the putter face is held square to the target line during the back swing movement.

Then as the shoulders rotate into the down swing movement, at impact the putter head will return to the ball square to the target line, but do not allow the arms to move independently of the shoulders whilst the putter head strikes the ball.

At the precise moment the putter head strikes the ball, try to hold the putter head square to the target line for that extra milli-second after ball has been struck whilst the shoulders continue to rock, ie the right shoulder continues to drop whilst the left shoulder continues to rise.
( Very similar to the full swing but obviously not as extreme.)

This requires the maximum concentration and this method is only way to ensure that the ball consistently travels along the intended line of the putt.


As the putting action is performed you must keep the elbows held close together. and above all, you must concentrate so that you actually see the putter head make contact with the ball.

An important aspect of the putting stroke is that once you have decided the line of the putt, you must rely on the mechanical movement of the putting stroke and perform the complete putting stroke whilst your head is held firmly in the fixed frontal position.


Most golfers allow the eyes to follow the movement of the ball as it rolls towards towards the target point.

However if you wish to dramatically improve your putting technique, it is absolutely vital that you totally concentrate your focus on making sure the putter head is square to the target line at the precise moment the putter makes contact with the ball, but also do not allow your eyes to track to ball, keep looking at the spot the ball was resting before you struck it.



Whilst on the green, if your fellow competitor asks you to move the marker, when it is agreed the position where the ball marker should be placed, if your marker has a motif on one side and a shiny surface on the other side, when you place the marker down in the new position, ensure that you place the marker on the green with the shiny side up.

When it is your turn to putt, seeing the ball marker turned upside down will remind you that the ball marker needs to be replaced in the correct position before taking your putt.

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