How to Use Your Body to Roll Putts on Line

By Steve Silverman

Putting is one of the most instrumental parts of golf when it comes to scoring. New golfers tend to get nervous before putting, mainly because they stand over the ball and worry that they don't know how to hit it correctly. Here's how to use your body to putt properly.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Walk up to your ball and stand behind it. You need to read the putt before you hit it. Look at the green and determine how the ball will break.
Step 2
Take your stance. You should be standing around 18 inches from the ball. Your hands should be directly in front of your body and your putter should be right in the middle of your stance.
Step 3
Take the club back about 18 to 24 inches. As your bring your club back, rotate your hips to the right. When you bring them through, lead with your front side. Your hands will follow.
Step 4
Keep your head down until you finish getting your front side through the ball. The key to hitting a good putt is a full, firm stroke that involves your body and specifically your front side. If you only strike the ball with your hands, you will not develop a consistent stroke
Step 5
Go to the practice green before you play a round of golf. Hit 15 to 20 putts and work on leading with your front side.

Tips & Warnings

Using your body to control the roll of your putts will help you keep your putts straight and more consistent.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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