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Jack's eye position in putting

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I have a video from Jack Nicklaus discussing short game and in it, at about 15:43  he talks about having " eyes over the ball. ...down the line over the ball" for putting.

 

 

I feel more comfortable my eyes along the target line to the hole but sometimes I feel the ball more comfortable place when the ball is so  that my eyes are slightly inside not directly over the ball. This is especially true for me in longer putts. However for shorter putts eyes directly over the ball-target line works too. 

Im not sure which method is better. I tend to slightly "cut stroke" my longer putts and "draw stroke" my shorter ones.

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Originally Posted by dchoye View Post
 

I have a video from Jack Nicklaus discussing short game and in it, at about 15:43  he talks about having " eyes over the ball. ...down the line over the ball" for putting.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnkK2pkcM-A

 

I feel more comfortable my eyes along the target line to the hole but sometimes I feel the ball more comfortable place when the ball is so  that my eyes are slightly inside not directly over the ball. This is especially true for me in longer putts. However for shorter putts eyes directly over the ball-target line works too. 

Im not sure which method is better. I tend to slightly "cut stroke" my longer putts and "draw stroke" my shorter ones.

In Stan Utley's book, The Art of Putting, he discusses how most good putters in the PGA are slightly inside the ball and not over the ball.

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In Stan Utley's book, The Art of Putting, he discusses how most good putters in the PGA are slightly inside the ball and not over the ball.

 

Yeah tend to see better players with their eyes over it or slightly inside the ball. Either one works.

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Yeah tend to see better players with their eyes over it or slightly inside the ball. Either one works.

 

Center of the ball to inside edge of the putter's heel. That's what I like to see.

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Center of the ball to inside edge of the putter's heel. That's what I like to see.
I'm confused by the putter's heel. I have a plumbers neck. Is the heel where the hosel meets the putter head ? Or even more rear than that?
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I'm confused by the putter's heel. I have a plumbers neck. Is the heel where the hosel meets the putter head ? Or even more rear than that?

The heel. Not the hosel. The inner edge of the putter.
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