Golf School: Start Every Putt On-Line

Getting your ball rolling on the right line will help you make more consistent putts. Simply put, if your hands and the putter head move toward the ball at the same speed, you should make great contact and start your putt on the right line.

In a recent Golf Digest article, they discuss two tips on how to assure you’re making square impact with the ball.

Grab a striped range ball and find a straight eight-foot putt. Using two tees, create a “gate” a little wider than the ball and about 18 inches toward the hole. Then set the ball down so the stripe is perfectly vertical, facing the cup, and stroke the putt. If the stripe stays steady during the roll—no wobbling—and the ball goes through the gate, your putterface was square to the hole at impact. That putt’s going in.

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Here’s how to find out if your putter is open or closed at impact. Place two balls on a green side by side. Then square your putterface behind the balls and try to strike them at exactly the same time. If the outside ball rolls farther, the face was closed at impact; if the inside ball rolls farther, the face was open. When they go the same distance, the face is square.

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