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#1 Mike146

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:57 AM

Hi all, would appreciate some help here so I can get into the loungeroom and practice some putts!

 

When putting, I can pick out where I want to putt the ball and how hard I need to hit it to achieve a desired line. But when I step up to the ball, put my head over it and look sideways to see where I'm hitting, I get totally lost!

I can see where I want to hit it but have no idea if I'm actually aiming in the right place.

Any ideas?

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:11 AM

Well I was just listening to someone pontificate during commentary on how to line up putts.  The short answer is find what suits your eye and gets you to put it on line more often.  Here are some techniques I have seen

 

1. Stand behind and pick the line and choose some sort of small speck or mark to aim for and then aim for that

2. Pick the line while you are over the ball

3. Pick the line, place your club behind the ball square to the line and then put your feet in line

 

It might help to use the markings on the ball to line up the putt to where you want it to go.   Some people choose a speck to aim for, some people picture the whole line of the putt and aim to get it started on that line.

 

I say do some practice on the practice green.  Set up on a relatively straight putt but one that is long enough that you can see deviations on the line  - say 10 feet.  Try various ways of aiming or starting your routine (you know that you are aiming directly at the cup, so you don't need to worry about actually picking the right line), and figure out which method makes it easiest for you to get it on line to the hole.  Then try out the best performer with a putt with a slight break and if it still works, figure out a quick reliable routine based on that method of aiming and use the same routine every single time.


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:12 AM

Mike

 

I do this and many other do it. I am sure plenty of guys will say something different.

 

I have a line drawn on my ball. I pick my path I want the ball to take and use the line on the ball to match up with the this path. Once I step away from the ball I will make sure I am still happy, if I am happy step up to the ball.

 

Once I stand over the ball I trust the line and put my putter square to the line on the ball.

 

I do this on all putts, I guess what ever you decide to do you need to do this all of the time.

 

I hope this helps.


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 11:43 AM

Thanks deege and thanks corn.

Corn that is so obvious I can't believe I didnt think of that. And now I know why when they zoom in on a pros ball there is a line drawn on it!


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 12:10 PM

Mike one more thing I reckon, in addition to the two previous fine contributions.

 

When using a line on your ball as a guide, (which is a good idea) ....... line the the putter face up with the ball, and then .......... build your stance around the putter ...... making sure you feel "square on".

 

Don't take your stance first, and then line the putter up.

 

The putterface is what defines the path the ball takes .... so do that first, and then build your comfortable stance around that ...... :)


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:25 PM

Mike all of the above is good advice work your line out pick a mark on that line aim at that mark line yourself up to that mark set your stance putter etc and putt . couple more tips , you are putting at the mark not to the mark on your line don't confuse the distances or you will come up short . The line on your ball also tells you how you are striking your putts if the line wobbles you are not rolling the ball truly if it runs end over end and no wobble you are striking it well . If you are having trouble getting the putter face square to the line you want,get a credit card put it down level to the face and use the stripe on it to see where your putter face is actually pointing

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 09:38 PM

This works for me

When you take you stance try not having your eyes directly over the ball, but a 1/2 - 1cm or so nearer you - over the hozel of the putter (depending on the design)

When you look from ball to hole make sure your head rotates around a horizontal axis - so that your right eye stays in line and below your left eye. If you rotate around a more angled axis so that your right eye starts to move away from this line it introduces an error. Try wearing (sun)glasses and keep the top edge of the glasses parallel to the line of the put as you line it up. A bit hard to explain. As I said I'm certainly no expert but this works for me.

Make sure you play the ball forward in your stance - this allows you to view it slightly from behind, which helps. Also helps to hit it correctly

Now don't aim at the cup - aim at the specific blade of grass or spot on the back of the cup you want the ball to go at.

I also found getting fitted for a putter made a big difference. I use a 34inch now and it actually helps me to get my stance etc right because i hold the club the same and the correct length each time.


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:16 PM

Mike one more thing I reckon, in addition to the two previous fine contributions.
 
When using a line on your ball as a guide, (which is a good idea) ....... line the the putter face up with the ball, and then .......... build your stance around the putter ...... making sure you feel "square on".
 
Don't take your stance first, and then line the putter up.
 
The putterface is what defines the path the ball takes .... so do that first, and then build your comfortable stance around that ...... :)


Yep

Try this drill

Put the club behind the ball where you want to hit it ..as in lined up

Then hit without building a stance

You will be maxed how many putts go in by having the head pointed right

Stance isn't important - face direction at impact is everything

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:19 PM

putt it...if it doesn't go in, putt it again...continue until ball in hole :)


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:40 PM

I think you have all the advice you need written above Mike, so this will probably be a bit redundant, but I'll put my routine in as well since I have a moment. 

 

1st, I start with standing behind the ball to get a general line the ball will follow to the hole based on the terrain. Let's say I guess that it is about a 6 meter putt with about 30cm left-to-right break, and slightly uphill (playing 7 meters). I'll then stand off to 1 side or 2 to get a better read for the up/downhill slope. Then, I'll stand behind the hole, to get a read for a putt from the hole to my ball, and see if I come up with the same reading going the opposite direction, which would be a 30cm R-L breaker, downhill (5 meters). 

 

If I don't get the same readings, then I'll take an average between both reads if there isn't enough time. 

 

Let's assume I got the same readings both ways. Back behind the ball, I'll pick out something on the green about 1 foot that is in line with 30cm left of the hole. usually it is a blade of grass, but sometimes it is discolored grass, or other object.

 

Line up the line on the golf ball to roll over the target 1 foot in front of my ball, then set up for 2-3 practice putts near my ball to gauge distance. Set up for my putt to roll the ball over my target, make sure the putter face is square to the target line, then mimic the swing motion for distance. It should be pretty close if my putting stroke was good. 


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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:45 PM

Mike all of the above is good advice work your line out pick a mark on that line aim at that mark line yourself up to that mark set your stance putter etc and putt . couple more tips , are putting at the mark not to the mark on your line don't confuse the distances or you will come up short . The line on your ball also tells you how you are striking your putts if the line wobbles you are not rolling the ball truly if it runs end over end and no wobble you are striking it well . If you are having trouble getting the putter face square to the line you want,get a credit card put it down level to the face and use the stripe on it to see where your putter face is actually pointing


That is so true. Been a real problem for me putting - so worried about the line I hit at the ball and come up all short.

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 08:26 AM

I reckon, that once you get the line on your ball pointing where you want it to go ..... and you slide the putter in square to that ........... then you don't ever need to think about your line again.

 

From there its all about the pace of the putt ..... so once in your stance, just focus on the speed and length of stroke you need, in order to get it to the hole.

 

Too much time I reckon, particulaly on longer putts, is spent fussing about the ideal perfect line, whereas speed is much more crucial in avoiding the dreaded 3 putt, and in leaving yourself close enough for a tap in.

 

Get the speed right and you won't be far away ...... get it wrong and you're a chance to 3 putt ..... so pick your line, then "set and forget" . and just focus on the pace of the putt.

 

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Posted 20 November 2013 - 11:05 AM

Why not get a putting lesson?

Made a HUGE difference to me

Don't know why people don't want to consider it

Is it considered a little bit pathetic?

A pro could watch you put and iron out any major flaws or inconsistencies

Then you can practice drills knowing you are on the right path


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Posted 20 November 2013 - 11:50 AM

Why not get a putting lesson?

Made a HUGE difference to me

Don't know why people don't want to consider it

Is it considered a little bit pathetic?

A pro could watch you put and iron out any major flaws or inconsistencies

Then you can practice drills knowing you are on the right path

 

That's the way to go I reckon, coach session. I'm inconsistent, some days I do well, some I don't.

 

Definitions of good or bad vary too, with opportunity loss being overlooked. I.e. this morning I didn't 3 putt any of the 9 holes, but I missed all of the puts that were around 6-7ft after nice 100m pitch shots or green-side chips.

 

Annoying as all, and I tried a few methods covered here too.

 

I suspect the challenge is not lining up, but getting the putter back and through straight, and the ball heading along your target line


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Posted 26 November 2013 - 10:39 PM

All of the above is good advice....

Are you left or right eye dominant? If you don't know form a circle with both hands and look at something through it, then open one eye at a time and the eye that looks at the target in the middle is your dominant eye, the other eye will be looking at your hand?

If you are right eye dominant when you line the putt up from behind and point the line on the ball to the target it will look different from above when you take your putting stance.

Don't readjust even though it will look wrong just trust the line, it takes some getting used to.





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