The Importance of Aiming While Putting in Golf

By Stan Sayers

The Importance of Aiming While Putting in Golf

Hi, I am Stan Sayers, Director of Instruction at McGetrick Golf Academy. Today we are going to talk about left aimers in putting and right aimers in putting. There are certain types of people who aim left and certain types of people who aim right, which usually we can cure through putter fitting and we can figure out exactly how to get you to aim straight. But the influence of those things are what really dictates a stroke.

Aiming Left

If someone constantly aims left their stroke pattern is they change the stroke by face rotation, they are always trying to rotate the face in the correct way to actually change the path of the golf ball. In general they are going to want to shove out and as soon as they do that and miss the putt right they are going to want to close the face back again. That is what left aimers do to correct putts. 

Aiming Right

Right aimers, however, what they do is they change the ball through path angle. Instead of taking the putter straight back straight through, or even an arc, what they tend to do is take it outside and pull to the left. This is the effect of their aiming right. That is how they adjust the direction of the ball, through path.

Adjusting Your Aim

What our job is to get you to aim straight. Initially we are going to see those strokes pop up and once we can get you to aim straight, without saying a word, generally you are going to stroke it better, it is going to be more on line just because you aimed better. So aim and your stroke have a lot to do with each other. You might say, well, no kidding, but what you do not realize is how consistent you are at aiming either left or right. You may try to aim better and we can show you on a laser exactly how you aim, we can get it so that putter aims straight and we can help your stroke.

Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Putting, Short Game, Alignment, Pull Shots

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