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How do you putt?

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  1. 1. What do you aim at when putting?

    • I use the alignment arrow on my ball and focus on that
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    • A spot on the green that's in the line I want
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    • A spot on the green before or after the hole (not necessarily on the line you want)
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    • Nothing in particular, I just feel it
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When setting up to putt...  I position the ball with the alignment mark in the direction I want the ball to go.  I then focus on keeping my stroke in line with with the mark.

I'm curious how everyone else lines up their putts.

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I pick a spot in the line I want the ball to start.  If it is uphill, that point may be past the hole.  If it is downhill, it may be before the hole.  This helps me with distance control.  I try to equate the slope to how hard I would hit a flat putt.  The last thing I do is look at my target.  When I bring my focus back to the ball, I forward press then putt, no waiting.

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I would seriously recommend you take a read of Dave Pelz "putting bible", it will change your out look on putting and will make a huge difference for your game.

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A spot on the green before the hole I want the ball to roll over. I pick it, then don't think about it too much and focus more on the speed. I imagine a line from my ball to the hole the entire putt. I can usually hit my line I want ( whether I read the break right or wrong ), but speed is the key for me. I'm averaging 31.7 putts this season over 5 rounds, down from 34 total last year. Hopefully I can get it down to around 31 for the entire season. My putting has become a strong point of my game

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I use a spot on the green and the alignment arrow.  I use the spot to control my distance and the alignment arrow to control my, um, alignment, lol.

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i agree with most of the replies on how to set up for the putt

but i was wondering when youre about to swing, where are you focusing?

top of the ball?  behind the ball?  even in front of the ball?

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I like to think i have a strong putting game, and I use all feel for it.  I 3-putted once every two rounds last year.  I also have a lot of confidence within 8ft. I don't really know what i focus on when I look down.  I focus and fully rely on my line that i feel will put the ball in the hole, and I hit the putt.  I prolly look just behind the ball when I make the stroke though to make sure I hit it clean.  But, my preshot routine involves trying to make little eye contact with the ball so I don't jinx myself or get too excited.

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On rare occasion I'll align the ball's arrow, but it's only when I pick the ball up for some reason such as to clean it. And even then I only aim it roughly in the right direction, I don't use it as my primary alignment. I can't use the ball's alignment because I'm constantly assessing how I want to play the putt. I make a lot of changes to how much break/speed I want to play, so I'd be constantly readjusting my ball. No point in that IMO -- just choose the line, pick a spot, align to that spot, focus the eyes, and hit.

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I use the alignment arrows pointing to the spot on the green I am aiming for, usually a defect in the green or a color change that stands out... although something has to change, I've 2 putted every single green the last 3 times out, even with birdie chances from < 10 feet.

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i go behind the hole and see the line...go behind the ball and see the line...stand behind my ball perpedicular to the hole and take 2-3 practice swings to gauge speed (ala Sergio Garcia) and then walk up to the ball...align putter...then stance...practice swing behind the ball...putter behind the ball...swing away.

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Mine is a spot on my aimline, then i usually feel out the speed from there. I never pick a spot on my line, unless its a straight put. For example, i had a 25 foot putt yesterday that had 3.5 feet of break to it. The best spot i liked was the other golfer's ball mark. That spot was off my line but on my starting line. So my ball followed up towards that ball mark then broke, came up about 2 feet short, but it had a good line to it.

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Originally Posted by abraxas

i agree with most of the replies on how to set up for the putt

but i was wondering when youre about to swing, where are you focusing?

top of the ball?  behind the ball?  even in front of the ball?



Yeah, i'm curious about that too... I was going to add that to the poll but I didn't want to complicate it.

I follow my putter with my eyes as it swings back.  That's probably a bad idea and i should probably have my "eye on the ball" but it seems to work.  I average 1.9 putts per hole.

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Originally Posted by abraxas

i agree with most of the replies on how to set up for the putt

but i was wondering when youre about to swing, where are you focusing?

top of the ball?  behind the ball?  even in front of the ball?


I hesitate to say that I really focus on anything.  I sort of just allow my eyes to "see" a spot between my ball and the intermediate mark on the green that I used to line up my putt.  IME, I find that if I focus on something particular (ball, spot, whatever), I become fixated and I end up trying to steer my putter.  At that point, the results are usually a choppy stroke with poor contact,

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I putt mostly on feel. I do try to get a read on the green and pick a a line that I think will be good. However thats just for setting my feet. Once Im behind the ball though I just feel it and hit it.

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