How Positioning Arms Affects Your Putt

By Laird Small

How Arm Position Affects Your Putting

The positioning of your arms in putting is critical to your success. Let me show you a nice easy way to be able to get your arms correct with your address in putting.

  • If you start with your hands out in front of you like this, almost like a praying position, you can see that the arms are parallel to one and other.
  • What I want to do is start at this position and now gently bring my arms in to my sides so that my arms are on my rib cage, my upper arm now has support. There is going to be an angle here between my upper arm and lower arm of about 135 to 140 degrees.
  • What I want to be able to do from here is hinge from my hips joints over.
  • The putter is going to go right in the middle of my palm, so the putter shaft actually runs through the middle of my palms and then up my arm.

Keep Everything in the Same Alignment in Your Putting Stance

Everything is in the same alignment. I would be in trouble if I were in this position where you can see two arms or if the grip was too much in my fingers. You can still see my arms but the putter is below my arms. I want to be able to have everything in the same plane or the same relationship.

Make an Arc in Your Putting Stroke

When I am making a stroke I am going to allow my arms, which are supported against my rib cage, to glide on my rib cage going back so that my right arm is absorbing against my rib cage, then my left arm is absorbing against my rib cage. That gives me the opportunity now to make a stroke that has some arc to it. The putter is swinging slightly inside, to along the line, then the forward swing slightly inside again. That is the easiest way to make an arc in your putting stroke that is supported by the movement in your arms.

Let's take a look at what it looks like in a stroke. This type of motion is what the majority of players on the LPGA and PGA Tour use and they use it because it is consistent and repeatable. I know it will help you.


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

About the Instructor

Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650