How to Aim Putts Properly

By Bryan Rose

While driving, iron shots and chipping are a big part of golf, one area that can have an immediate impact on lowering your score is putting. Getting the correct line every time in putting is the first step to getting lower scores. But most people do not get the proper read when putting because they approach each putt differently. By following the same routine each time, you have a better chance of holing that next putt.


Difficulty: Easy
Step 1
Read the breaks of your putt. Stand behind the ball looking at the hole, taking note of the hills and slopes your ball will need to travel over or around to get to the hole. Also stand behind the hole looking at the ball to read the break properly.
Step 2
Imagine the path the ball will take to get to the hole. Stand behind the ball and place the putter head behind the ball, lining up the head so it faces the path you have imagined.
Step 3
Leave the club head where it is and take your normal stance with the ball even with your front leg.
Step 4
Gauge the speed you will need by following the imaginary line to the hole, taking into account the break of the green. To gauge your speed, you need to determine whether the putt is uphill or downhill and how fast the greens are running. A faster green means it will take less force to get the ball to the hill, and the more it will break on slopes. A slower green means more force is needed to get to the hole and less break.
Step 5
Pick out a spot about three to five feet ahead of the ball on the line. This will give you a closer target to aim at while keeping the ball on the line.

About The Author

Bryan Rose is an experienced journalist and web writer, spending nearly 12 years in the publishing industry. Rose works for a variety of Demand Studios websites, writing mostly for and He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from the University of Wisconsin.

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