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is there a different putting stroke?

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Irons you can hit it low, fade, draw and cut. Is there a different putting stroke?

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What are you talking about? The purpose of a putt is to send the ball in the right direction, with the right speed. You don't curve the ball with a putter.
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well obviously there are lots of different putting methods and theories (straight-back-straight-through, arced, etc.).  But the end purpose is to get the ball rolling straight.

I do think there are some putters who put some side spin on the ball by cutting across one way or the other and in essence playing the putt to curve just slightly.  I know I've read something like that from one of the well-known putting books, but I can't remember which one at the moment.  Will have to try and hunt the quote down.  However I don't really see the benefit of it.

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Originally Posted by stoverny

I do think there are some putters who put some side spin on the ball by cutting across one way or the other and in essence playing the putt to curve just slightly.

If I was clinically insane I would putt that way.

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This can't be a serious thread...right?

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Originally Posted by cipher

This can't be a serious thread...right?

sometimes when I putt the ball goes little left or right not because of the green but because of the spin. I also know there are like different strokes how you can lag the putt or hit it firm.

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Originally Posted by golf55

sometimes when I putt the ball goes little left or right not because of the green but because of the spin. I also know there are like different strokes how you can lag the putt or hit it firm.

I don't see how that is possible unless you are hitting it very hard at a really bad angle.   Most golfers do not have different types of strokes for lag or short putting either, just a stronger or larger version of their move.

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Originally Posted by stoverny

well obviously there are lots of different putting methods and theories (straight-back-straight-through, arced, etc.).  But the end purpose is to get the ball rolling straight.

I agree, I notice that I am a straight back and straight through type. They do create putters for different strokes. I was told that if you have a "face" balance putter it is better for a straight back and straight through stroke but you also have a heel balanced putter which helps if you are an arced type of stroke.

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Most of us just pray to our favorite deity that the ball will roll 'straight' along whatever line we've chosen.  That's all.  Nothing fancy.  Straight... please?

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Originally Posted by golf55

sometimes when I putt the ball goes little left or right not because of the green but because of the spin. I also know there are like different strokes how you can lag the putt or hit it firm.

"Spin" is not causing that (whatever "that" is). Even if "spin" your ball a lot on the putting green it converts VERY quickly to topspin.

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