Originally Posted by Shirl
Bend into the shot. The upper body should be over the ball bringing the eyes directly above the ball. Pull the putter straight back and straight through the shot - this means not stopping once you tap the ball. There can be no hinging of your wrists. Work at tucking your arms in as you bend outwards from the elbows. The more you arch your wrists, the more you limit the independent hinging of the wrists and add to the control of the stroke. Your elbows should lightly brush the side of your body. By moving your arms and shoulders together you’ll move the putter correctly through the ball.
Well, some of the better putters of the game also have their eyes just inside the ball. It is commonly taught that eyes over the ball or just inside the ball -- is fine. BUT the eyes outside of the ball is a big romper-room no no.
Utley and Stockton might argue with the slight hinging as they like a forward press to start. I don't like it as it may change the face angle … but we're all different. I like to stay relaxed.
You don't want to arch so much that you throw off the lie angle of your putter (if it's properly adjusted).
Move arms and shoulders? What moves? Independently? Typically, gurus preach that the big muscles move. Some people like the hands to move slightly first, and then the big muscles (shoulders). Typically, you want a natural arc that is not small or big, but just right… so your putter remains square to the arc.
I like to feel like my hands are out of the stroke.
Fun game ….