How to set up for a golf putt

Putting can account for fifty percent of your score.  Therefore, make sure you putt with the proper fundamentals to improve your consistency.

Set up with your feet approximately shoulder width.  Bend your knees slightly and bend at your waist.  Your arms will hang down tension free, forming a triangle between your arms and shoulders.  Position your eyes over the golf ball at address.  The ball position is slightly forward of center in your stance.

Your feet, knees, arms and shoulders should all be parallel to your target line.  Some players open there stance to their arms to swing more freely.  The target line is an imaginary line that runs through the golf ball toward the target.  Initiate the backswing by moving your left arm and allowing your left shoulder to move down while the right shoulder will move up.  On the forward swing, your left shoulder will move up while the right shoulder will move down.

Throughout the putting stroke your arms and shoulders should be moving in a pendulum motion.  Your left wrist remains firm throughout the stroke.  In addition, keep your lower body still throughout the stroke.

During the putting stroke, focus your eyes on the back of the golf ball.  After impact keep the head still and listen for the ball to drop in the hole.  When hitting a putt, make sure your backswing and forward swing are the same length. It is acceptable if the forward swing is longer than the backswing.  However, if the forward swing is shorter than the backswing you may have decelerated into the putt.  Decelerating is one of the worst things you can do whether you are putting, chipping, pitching or making a full swing.  Always accelerate through the shot.  In addition, keep the putter close to the ground on the backswing and forward swing.  This should lead to more consistent contact.

Keeping your head down and listening for the ball to go in the hole will assure you stay down and accelerate through towards the target.  The proper tempo on the back swing and forward swing is extremely important.

Matt Keller, PGA


FEATURED AUTHOR: Matt Keller is a PGA Golf Professional with over 15 years of experience. Throughout his career he has worked at courses in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida and Delaware. Matt has conducted thousands of golf lessons to players of all ages and ability levels. Currently, he is a PGA Professional at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club located near Bethany Beach, DE

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