Your club has got to be the
right length. The angle of the Putter
head to the shaft has to be right.
This must take into account your height
any body structure (waistline). This
adjustment has to be right so as to
give you unimpeded pendulum club movement.
The grip must be sufficiently
firm so as to ensure that our have
complete control over the club. Try
a system of letting the club sit on
the ground, square the blade and address
yourself conformably over the Putter.
Grip the Putter firmly but not tightly.
If you have a tight grip muscle power
comes in to play and this can distort
the alignment of the club head, the
most common result is a closed blade.
If you have a dominant hand the blade
opens and closes at will.
A dominant left hand grip - closed
blade - dominant right hand grip -
open blade. You should never break
your wrists once you have set up.
You should never move once you have
set up - keep your shuffling for the
dance floor! Make sure that the club
doesn't turn in your hand or touch
Regarding grip, this is totally an
individual choice. I would strongly
recommend that there be an overlap
of fingers. However, you must make
sure that your hands are butted together
(whether overlapped small fingers
or not) whereby the hands and club
move as one unit and that there is
no question of either hand moving
(rolling) independently of the other.
Your grip on the club must be square.
If you have a flat edged grip make
sure that it is set perfectly square.
Try this experiment - Stand completely
centre over a chalk line and set the
club parallel to the line, close your
eves and slide the club forward 8
or 9 inches, open your eyes and the
club should be parallel to the line.
If it has moved right or left you
either have a dominant hand grip (your
hands when gripped are not perfectly
aligned) or your grip (if flat-faced)
is set off centre. If you suffer this
error this would account for an error
tendency of being right or left of
target, depending on which side of
the line your club ends on.
Remember that good Putting is an
art and needs to be studied very carefully.
If is the most delicate part of the
game, and it needs to be approached
scientifically, and be executed with
absolute precision. It would be nice
to know why you miss a Putt.
Most golfers identify their
error tendency being right or left
of target. The corrective methods
adopted result in the problems being
exacerbated rather than corrected.
What generally happens is that the
right hand is brought into play, which
results in a pushed shot. A dominant
right hand is a disaster. If you think
that you can open or close the blade
to compensate, you are wrong. Remember
that 2º / 3º variation is
hardly visible to the naked eye.
The first thing one tries to do is to
learn how to cope with straight Putts.
The Optimum Position and examples given
all relate to straight Putts. Having
learned to Putt properly when you have
now found confidence and proven results
you can deal with Putts which have a
borrow. What one must do is always try
to Putt on a straight line. You select
your line of choice and Putt Square
to that line. What you must not do is
try and open or close the blade and
try to push the ball through the borrow.
Of course, you will find the odd occasion
where your choice is a lottery (more
common on American courses), but what
we must address is trying to cope with
Puttable Putts, the ones that are too
There are definitive rules, which must
be adhered to:
Get your eye vertically over the ball.
Putter blade sit on the ground before
applying your hand grip to the club.
the Putter blade so that it is horizontal.
the line of the hole.
the Putter blade to your line of choice.
blade has to be square to the line
at the point of impact.
ideal result is i.e. the Perfect Putt
is executed when you stroke your Putter
which results in a clean strike off
the sweet part of the Putter. You
will also find that the ball rolls
perfectly when properly struck.
is essential to have perfect balance
when addressing a Putt. Your weight
has to be event distributed on both
Putt on a straight line. Club head
square to your chosen line at point
You must have total freedom to stroke
the putter with no interference from
clothing - Pendulum movement. You
must have a good upright stance.
There is an added factor of distorted
balance as all the weight is on the
right or left foot. When putting from
the right foot you have to turn your
head a few degrees more to see the
line to the hole, which is an additional
There is one factor common to both
feet positions. Your right hand becomes
more dominant and one tends to push
the club rather than stroke it.
People who Putt off the right foot
have the highest error tendencies.
When on the right foot you are stretching
a little more, which makes it more
difficult to strike the Putter.
These summaries will be identified
and understood more clearly by those
who have difficulty with any of the