LIKE all golf shots, much of the success or otherwise of putting lies in getting your set up correct.
Starting with the stance, the width of your feet can vary a little but somewhere around 30 centimetres apart is ideal.
The most important thing to remember with putting is that we want to catch the ball with a slightly ascending blow.
To help achieve that there are a couple of checkpoints I use and which you can too simply by working on your set up in front of a mirror.
The first thing I want to make sure of is that the ball position is forward in my stance.
Next, I want to make sure that when I leadn forward I keep my spp9ne straight. I don't want to have my top half leaning forward, in front of the ball, or backwards, behind the ball.
I want to make sure it maintains the same position as when I'm standing straight and a good way to check that is to check the logo on your shirt.
If the logo is ahead of the ball it's likely you're leaning forward and if it's behind the ball you're likely leaning back.
For the stroke itself I really just want to feel like I am using my upper body to move back and through and catching the ball with that slightly ascending stroke.
Lastly, I want to make sure that the shaft of the putter is completely vertical because that is how it is designed to work its best.
Every putter has a small amount of loft, about three or four degrees normally, and with the shaft vertical over the ball that loft allows us to roll the ball correctly.
So if you want to improve your putting start by working on these checkpoints in a mirror.
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