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One of the most important aspects of putting is to make sure that the ball starts on your intended line. This skill is what separates the amateur from the tour pro. To start your ball on-line your clubface has to be square to the target. With these things in mind I recommend that you make sure your eyes are over the golf ball so that you can have a better perception of where your clubface is aiming. If the eyes are not over the golf ball things can become tricky due to the illusions a golfer sees when their eyes are inside or outside of the golf ball.

To illustrate these concepts I took some pictures of what the target line looks like to three different players.

This is a picture of two balls underneath the target line. In all of the following pictures this never changes. The first ball is the ball the player sets up to and the second ball represents where the ball starts (on the target line).

Here are the examples of what a golfer sees when their ball starts online to the target. Notice the difference in what the ball looks like in relation to the target line.

 

The clearest view to see the target line from is over the golf ball. Let me be clear though that I have taught all three of these types of players and all three players can be great putters. The point I want to make is that it will take you far less time to develop a repeatable stroke knowing that your clubface is square and that you are going to start the ball on the line you intended if you have your eyes over the golf ball.

To get better at this skill find yourself some string and two rods (pencils) and place them over your intended line towards the hole. Use this line to make sure the ball and putter look like the middle image above. If you do this you will know that the line on the back of your putter is square and your eyes are over the golf ball. Next stroke the ball down the intended line and practice getting your ball to start online just like the tour pros. I have no doubt that if you practice this your putting will improve and your scores will lower.

Cheers to better putting,

Drew

If you enjoyed this post and would like to work with me personally please call 919-449-4274 or email me at drew@marclapointegolf.com. Also visit my website at http://www.andrewkiger.com.

 

 

 

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The Gate Drill with Kevin Lyles


In this weeks post I join Kevin Lyles to talk about some drills he uses to help his putting. I greatly recommend trying these out to help improve your golf game.

Drill 1- The Gate Drill

For a five foot putt one of the most important aspects is to get the ball rolling on your line. Place two tees just bigger than the width of the ball about 1 foot in front of the ball on the line of your putt. Attempt to start the ball in-between the tees and watch your ball fall in the cup at the appropriate speed.

Drill 2- Circle Drill

Place 6 balls in a 3 ft. circle around the hole. Then attempt to make each putt with the appropriate amount of speed and break. The circle encourages each putt to look different and allows you to practice left to right, right to left, and straight putts. To make this drill more challenging try making 6 balls in a row from a 3 ft circle, a 4 ft. circle, and then a 5 ft. circle.

To book a lesson or to learn more about this great game check out www.andrewkiger.com, email drew@marclapointegolf.com or call 919-449-4274

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Putting- Feel the Speed


Even the best putters have a tough time every once in a while with the speed of a putt. When you find yourself struggling to get the ball near the hole on a lag putt try the following drill.

Putt with your eyes closed

Begin by setting up for a 6 foot level putt. Setup properly with your eyes open first and then when you are ready to pull the trigger close your eyes and try to feel the appropriate stroke that will put the ball into the hole. To have even more success with this drill keep your eyes closed and try to guess if the ball went passed the hole, short of the hole or just right. If this gets too easy for you back up to a longer distance to practice your lag putting and your “feel.” With time your stroke will become more and more intuitive and your distance control will be just as good as the guys on tour.

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