2 Tips to Improve Your Putting Set Up

By Jim McLean

Walk Into the Putt

There are a couple of unbelievable putting teachers that I have met in my life and one of the greatest is Jackie Burke, a Masters Champion, PGA Champion, teacher to Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw and Phil Mickelson with their putting. Pretty good track record, and Steven Elkington. Jackie taught me so much. One of the things that I love about Jackie was the way he showed people to get into a putt. He was not really big in getting in straight lines, being perfect with your putting, he was much more into visual, seeing the line, then walk into the putt smooth. He had a certain way he would teach you to walk into a putt.

Keep it Simple

Then one of the things that I liked was that he was able to get the putter up in front of him like this, very close to your body, kind of tucked in, with your arms relaxed against your body. You can see the putter face perfectly from this angle. Then when you dropped down you kind of keep the same positioning and let the club drop down. Then you take your stance. It kind of connects you together, it makes things very simple, it is a great way to set up to make a simple stoke. Again, Jackie did it this way, he would be open so that he could see the line, like you could toss pennies or a ball into the hole this way. He would hold the putter up in front of him so that you can see the putter face, and then lower it down like this and then just down to the ground. You can go all the way down like Jack did, or you can just let the arms drop this way. But whatever you do keep your arms in front of you, keep them close to your body, and you will be setting up perfectly every time.


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Jim McLean
Jim McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
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