Five Proven Golf Putting Tips

By Teresa Justine Kelly

Putting accounts for almost 50 percent of your golf shots. Given this high percentage, it pays to practice a few fundamental putting tips. Follow these five rules every time you set up to putt to eliminate the dreaded three-or-more-putt disaster.

Pre-Putt Routine

Stand behind the ball and read the green for break and slope and determine your target line. Take a few practice strokes to get the feel, then step into your position and aim the club-face. Aim your feet, hips and shoulders parallel to the putt's target line.


Stand fairly tall at address with a slight flex in the knees. Your arms should be relaxed and hanging down from your shoulders, with a light grip on the putter.

Maintain the Triangle

Maintain the same triangle you created at address with you shoulders, arms and putter working as one piece. Your hands should remain quiet throughout the stroke. The back of your left hand and the palm of your right hand should face the target through impact.


Position your eyes directly over the ball at address. This will confirm that you are standing the proper distance from the ball, your posture is correct and your eyes are parallel to the target line.

Distance Control

Stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart and take your putter directly back on a straight line. Your forward stroke should be the exact distance as your back stroke, maintaining even tempo. Do not move your head. Commit to holding your finish for a few seconds before looking to see where your ball has traveled.

About The Author

Teresa Kelly graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She was an editor for seven years for several magazines and publishing houses. Kelly is an avid golfer, a well-known children's book and golf author, and is currently the president of Highview Press/Golfing Lady that produces all occasion golf greeting cards.

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