How to Line Up Putter Head for Better Golf Success

How to Line Up Putter Head for Better Golf Success

Short Putt - One of the Toughest Shots in Golf

One of the hardest shots in golf, believe it or not, is this short putt. The reason why is that it is so close to the hole you think you aught to make it all the time and there is that extra added pressure.

Why Am I Missing Short Putts?

What happens when people miss these putts is primarily because the putter head is not lined up to the target. That one went in. ere is a technique that can help you in this pursuit of doing that.

Technique for Lining Up Your Putt to the Target

What you want to do is get a Sharpie pen and mark your ball with it just by drawing a straight line over some of the writing. This is perfectly legal to do. Then what you want to do is use this line to help line up your putt to your specific target. Some of the best players on the men’s and lady’s tours use this technique to help them. Tiger Woods uses it. I can line it up with the line pointing at the target, or if that is too disturbing to your eyes you can line up the line to the putter face. Either way works fine and it is something that can help you in a game where we have a round object that we are swinging to the side in a circle. It gives you a straight line reference point to your target. Make sure you point the line to the break if there is any on the putt.

Let me show you what it looks like. I putt the ball down on my mark and I get it lined up, my preference is to line up the line with the putter blade where I have a nice straight line at a right angle to my target. Now I can line up the top line of the putter to my intended line. I have the confidence that it is lined up correctly and I know I will make more of these putts. I know that you will too if you try but you have to practice with it.

Category: Putting
Sub-Category: Practice, Alignment
About the Instructor
Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650

Laird Small is Director of The Pebble Beach Golf Academy and is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #23 instructor in the world.


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