Alignment Tips For Better Putting

By John Wagner

Good putting alignment comes from the ability to align your putter's face directly to your target. Players who have trouble with alignment either start putts off line or have to make a compensation to get the ball on line. Neither option is good for consistent putting. Just like anything else, it takes work to have good alignment.

Align With Writing on the Ball

If you look at most golf balls, you'll see writing on the ball. This writing is normally printed in a straight line, so you can use it to aim at your target. Align your putter face perpendicular to the writing. If you have a line on the top of your putter, you can use that line to align directly with the writing on the ball.

Spot Putting

Spot putting is another easy way to improve alignment. Look down your target line and pick a target. Try to pick a spot a few inches in front of the ball. It's much easier to aim at a target that is a few inches in front of you than a target much farther away.

Check Your Eyes

When your eyes are directly over the ball, it's easier to see the proper line. Many players set up with their eyes inside or outside the ball. To check your eye alignment, take a ball and hold it under your left eye. Drop it and see where it lands. If it falls straight down on the ball, your eyes are properly over the ball.

About The Author

John Wagner is a certified golf instructor and professional golfer with over eight years of experience. As a certified GolfTEC and Chuck Cook golf instructor, he has given over 3,000 golf lessons. John writes for and has over 40 articles published.

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