The 4 Elements of Perfect Putting Technique

By Jane Blalock

Let's talk about four elements that are essential for a good putting stroke. First of all, make sure that your eyes are over the ball at address. This is so that you can see the line of the putt perfectly.

4 Steps for Perfect Putting

  1. I am going to grab a ball in my hand, address the ball on the ground and then put the golf ball in my hand at eye level. I then drop the ball and it should fall directly behind the putter blade. Now I know that my eyes are directly above the ball so I can clearly identify the line.
  2. Number two; I am going to make sure that my hands are held high when addressing the ball. I do this so that my left hand will always be moving towards the target, you never want the putter head to get ahead of the left hand, the left hand always leads. If your hands are upright it is easier to do that. Always have the left hand moving towards the hole and you will avoid pulling and pushing putts.
  3. Number three; I want to keep the putter blade low going back and low going through. This keeps the stroke nice and even, and avoids the temptation to have your wrists break away from the ball. The putting stroke is really controlled with the arms; it is not the hands at all, so keep the putter blade low. This is going to ensure that you use your arms and forearms and not your hands in the putting stroke.
  4. The fourth is my favorite, and it is a thought I have used for my years on tour to help me putt under pressure. It is called the 'tick-tock.' Picture a grandfather clock, the putter blade is the pendulum. First of all, my head stays still because if it moves then my pendulum is off kilter. I then use the rhythm of that pendulum, tick-tock, tick-tock, to ensure perfect tempo. A nice even tempo, it is not quick away and slow coming through, it is even going back and even coming through. This will ensure an absolute perfect putting stroke.

Try these four elements: 1) Tick-tock, 2) putter blade stays low, 3) hands stay high, and 4) eyes directly over the ball.


Category: Putting
Sub Categories: Address/Set-Up, Arms, Hands

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Jane Blalock
Jane Blalock
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