Putting alignment made simple
Have you ever missed the hole completely putting from 2 foot?
Embarrassing isn’t it?
It happens to every golfer at some stage … I’ve seen pros on television do it!
What’s frustrating is you probably spend 20 minutes working on your putting before teeing off.
Yet still you find yourself missing putts during your round that don’t even seem to start where you think you were aiming!
Believe it or not poor putting alignment is not always a case of your body not being properly aligned to your target.
If you fix a few other key alignment check points you are a great chance of rolling all your putts on the intended target line.
Here are 2 tips to get your putts rolling at your target and falling into the hole more often.
1. Is your putter face really square?
Most putts don’t start on the intended line because of poor aim. Sounds too simple to be true, doesn’t it?
However, if you think about it’s really the most logical explanation.
To check if your putting alignment is the issue try a couple of things:
Firstly, line up in front of a mirror with a golf ball and try to aim the putter face square.
You should be able to tell from the reflection which way your putter face is aiming.
Secondly, line up a 3 foot putt on the practice green and have a friend stand right behind the hole.
Get them to tell you which way the putter face is aiming.
The second method works best because a second set of eyes reveals everything.
The most common fault I see is a golfer’s putter face being slightly open and aiming to the right of the target.
Simply turn the putter face slightly in and your alignment is fixed.
2. The effect of loft on your putter
The loft on your putter could be affecting the direction of your putts more than you think!
Did you know most lofts on putters are different?
They vary from 2 – 4 degrees depending on what brand you have.
In the case of Scotty Cameron’s (like mine) some have a loft of 4 degrees.
If you’re holding the putter with your hands in line or slightly the behind the ball you are effectively adding an extra degree or two of loft to the putter.
It’s like putting with 5 – 6 degrees of loft … which is not far off putting with the same loft as your driver!
How does this extra loft effect your putting?
The more loft you have the more difficult it is to hit the golf ball straight and on your target line.
How to fix? Place your hands and the putter grip slightly ahead of the ball at address.
Not only do you want to set up this way but also stay in this position as you stroke the ball.
If you’re not sure of the loft on your putter take it to your local golf professional who can work it out for you in seconds.
Here's a video that explains golf putting alignment in more detail.
Let me know if you have success with these putting alignment tips, I would love to hear your results.
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Try these tips the next time you tee off at your favourite golf course. You may be surprised at the difference you see in your putts.