Lining Up

Don't miss your opportunity to line your putt up properly on the golf course. Some players use the putter to help them to gauge the contours of the green. Some will pace the green and view the putt from a variety of angles - others will resort to lying down on the green as this method works best for them.

Whatever your preferred method always use your time on the golf course to best advantage.

The ability to read the correct line and speed of a putt is an important skill to develop. Keep the following pointers in mind.

Control the speed of your putt

The quicker the ball is rolling, the less the ball will break

The optimum pace to hit a putt is one that takes the ball 15 inches to 17 inches past the hole. This pace will enable the ball to holds its line.

As the ball begins to lose pace gravity will then start to pull the ball along the contour of the green therefore pace and alignment are of equal importance.

If you need help with your putting or you would like to learn more about how to improve your putting using a variety of putting routines. Call Golf Reception to book a putting lesson on 0161 655 3668

Putting Routines

If you can develop some routine to your putting this will help you to develop a more consistent approach to your putting.

Ball Position

One of the most important factors in golf is the ball position. Don’t forget it is the back of the ball that you are stroking with the putter, and not the centre. I always teach that the back of the ball is in the middle of your stance, or slightly forward of this, if you are using a square-to-square stroke.

You can grip the putter in many different way but it is important not to have a dominant hand, as you are looking for a relaxed combination of shoulders, arm and hands for a smooth stroke.

It is important to lock the grip in your hands with the soft thumb pad in both hands, and the forefinger on your left - this will help to stop the putter from twisting off line.

Try to develop a grip in which neither hand is dominant and the shoulders are near square to your hips and feet when you are in a putting position.

The importance of having the right putter length

Now you have gripped the putter correctly, it is important to realise that the length of the shaft is the predominant factor in getting your eyes directly over the ball, as this is important for getting a consistence in reading the putting line from ball to hole, or target point. This line is always the same, whether 3 ft or 30 ft long.

Eyes over the ball

Address a golf ball in your normal putting position then ask a friend to drop a ball from the centre of your eyes to the ball below. The two balls should collide!

With a relaxed grip move yourself backward or forward until you have a perfect vertical position from eye line to ball. Mark the position and use it in future putts. Your eyes will now consistently be over the ball.

To develop a sound stance your feet should feel comfortably apart, never too narrow, and your weight should be biased towards your toes - not as most people tend to address the ball with the weight on their heels.

The top half of your body should be towards a horizontal position, ie your shoulders, neck and back of your head. If you are standing too upright, there is a tendency to direct the weight of your body towards your heels. You should be looking straight down over the ball and through the centre of your eye and not out of the lower part of the eye.

Whilst it is important to get your upper body and balance position correct, one of the most crucial parts of your putting stroke is to understand is the positioning of the legs - actually your knees. Make a putting stroke and see what happens. The last thing that you want to do is to develop a swaying motion in your your body during the putting stroke.

The easiest way to keep you lower body 'quiet' during your putting stroke is to put a tennis ball in between your legs whilst you practice your putting. This will automatically put your weight onto the inside of the sole of your shoes. Now, if you make a stroke you will see that the lower body, legs and knees stay still. You will see that you will start to make a more positive stroke with no lower body movement!




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The Putting Lab is located at

Manchester Golf Club,

Hopwood Cottage,



M24 6QP.

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0161 655 3668

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