Putting for Success

This year’s goal to be a scratch golfer is going very well. I maintained a good fitness program, educated myself on the finer points of breaking 100. 90, and 80, and I am starting to implement some new techniques to help build consistency and confidence in my golf swing.

My first major change is how I line up putts. Many golfers already use this technique, but until recently, I was a “feel” putter. Additionally, I would use a mark on the green about 1-2 feet in front of my ball as my alignment point for my putting line. Having a fair amount of success, I never felt the need to change – until this year.

So, after a fair bit of research, I decided to use “the line on line” putting technique. I drew a black line on my ball and decided to use that as my alignment guide.  I would read the green; pick my putting line; then match up the line on the ball with my putting line. It does take a bit of practice to align everything, but once you have the technique down, the process simplifies putting tremendously.

Putting for success

With both lines in sync, I was able to focus on squaring my putter (putter face perpendicular to the line on the ball) and making solid contact with my back 6 forward 12 putting rule. Additionally, I am able to concentrate on speed and as a result I sink more putts and my misses’ end up closer to the hole.  Overall, I am already saving strokes and as a result my season is starting off on a high note.

The main point I learned from this new technique is that my earlier putting style resulted in a closed putter head on alignment. I realized that I was setting up with a closed putter head all because the visual queues to my new alignment style caused me think. After figuring out the disconnect, I realized why I struggled with putting the past couple years.

Now that this epiphany has resulted in a positive change, I can hardly wait to see what my next round brings. Identifying a need for change through analysis was not easy, but once I decided that I required a different approach to my putting the process took care of itself. You can make changes to lower your score as well, the first step is to choose.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

15 thoughts on “Putting for Success

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  3. Jim, what did you find most difficult about implementing this change? I tried it once but probably didn’t give it enough time and reverted to my current method of placing my ball with no marks visible. I can certainly see the benefits here; mainly it forces you to commit to a line during your read and not change it over the ball. Thanks. Brian

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    • Brian,

      I found changing my routine the most difficult. I am a creature of habit and I am still not 100% comfortable with how I have decided to putt. The positive results are worth the frustration of changing my routine. As usual, you asked a great question.

      Cheers
      Jim

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  4. Last year I was using a line on my ball. This year I started going back to finding a spot one foot in front of the ball. I am still getting used to my new Super Stroke grip and the extra length on my putter, but I will probably start marling lines on my balls in the near future. I just need to find more time.

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  5. Jim, I love that you’re doing a combination if things to get better. I’m mobile right now and having issues navigating your blog, but where does coaching fall into the mix? Are you going solo on that front?

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    • Your question is a very good one. I have never taken lessons, ever. I am self-taught. Do not get me wrong, I had been given short advice while playing from a couple pros (charity event) but nothing sustained. Because I have always been able to lower my score I have not sought professional help. Have you taken lessons? If so, did it help?

      Cheers
      Jim

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  6. Hi Jim, glad you are getting better results with your putting. White Dragon Golf have always recommended the line on line approach. Couple that with a better roll of the ball off the Dragon putter face, and putting becomes less stressful. Your putter has to be your best friend, it is the most used club in the bag.

    Pete

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  7. Great points Jim.

    It sounds as though you are still putting with feel, however the feel is for distance as you line up your putt with your line.

    Great tip for sure.

    KB

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