THERE is a fair bit that goes into how you set yourself up with a putter, let's start with how you hold the club and how you position your arms.
The most important thing with putting is that you need to control the putter face.
If the putter is not aimed at where you want the ball to start, then the ball has got very little chance of going in the hole.
With a normal grip, you hold the club in a way that is going to allow your wrists to move correctly and freely. With a putting stroke, you're looking to reduce the wrist movement a bit.
So when you hold the putter with your left hand, rather than having the fleshy part of your left hand sitting on top of the grip like you do with a normal stroke, have the putter running through the middle part of your hand.
When I've got my palm on the grip in that way, it actually does inhibit my wrist movement which is exactly what we want for putting.
My left thumb is going to sit straight down the top of the grip and the back of my hand is either facing the target, or maybe even facing a little bit left.
When I hold the putter in my right hand, the grip runs through the middle part of my hand, so when I close my hand, my right thumb is now sitting on top of the grip.
One other option that I have is to have what I call a reverse overlapping grip.
A normal grip has the little finger of the right hand overlapping the forefingers of the left, but with a putting grip I can reverse that.
Here I have the forefinger of my right hand running down the outside of the grip.
What that does is it provides extra security for my wrist and lessens the likelihood of it moving around.
The next thing I need to do is have my arms positioned correctly. When I set myself up, you can see that my right forearm and the shaft are in the same line.
When I put both hands on the grip you can see that my left is in the same position, so both forearms and the shaft are in the same line.
Now when I swing back and through, I'm going to be able to control the putter head and shaft much more easily.
With a good grip I've got a control of the putter face and with my arms in the correct position I'm giving myself the best chance of swinging the putter on the correct path.
So when I set myself up, the back of my left hand is a little bit left of the target, the palm of my right hand is a little bit right of the target and my forearms are in line.
From there, I can let the putter move back and through freely and I'm likely to hole most of my putts.
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As one of only four Master Professional Coaches with the PGA of Australia, Peter Knight has a long track record of helping players whatever their age or ability level.
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