3 Rules for the Perfect Putting Set Up

By Hank Haney

Putting is a lot of personal preference but there are certain characteristics that most great putters use. Let's start with the grip. The first thing is that you want a reverse overlap grip where the index finger of your left hand is overlapping the little finger of your right hand, opposite of what you would do in the full swing.

How to Set Up the Ball in Putting

  • When you set up to the ball, ideally I would like to see your eyes directly over the ball, but there are great putters that have their eyes set up inside the ball. I do not see any with their eyes set outside the ball.
  • When you set up to the ball its position should be forward in your stance, off you left toe. You can have it back to the middle if your upper body is set back, but you never see a great putter with the ball set opposite his right foot.
  • When you look at it from down the line you will see the putter set flat on the ground or toed up a little bit but never with the heel up in the air.

Summary

So these are just a few of the things that I see great putters do, it gives you a little leeway you may have your own style, but remember: 1) eyes over the ball; 2) putter flat on the ground; and 3) ball off your left heel. That is a good place for you to start if you are struggling with your putting.


Category: Putting
Sub Categories: Address/Set-Up, Ball Position, Grip

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Hank Haney
Hank Haney
Hank Haney Golf Ranch
2791 S. Stemmons Freeway
Lewisville, TX 75067
Tel: 972-315-5300