See and Feel the Right Putting Stroke

Some people have misunderstood my approach to putting, and have assumed that I preach a big, wide open-to-closed putting stroke. That couldn’t be any further from the truth. In reality, I teach a putting stroke that is square to the path for the entire stroke. To prove that, you have to know what it means to swing the putter with the face square to the path.

The path of the club, no matter which one you use is always going to be in a circle. And when you tilt a circle, that means anytime you’re beside the ball you’re inside the targetline, and anytime you’re after the ball, you’re back inside the targetline. I like to teach golfers that the way to putt well is to allow the path to naturally swing inside-to-inside relative to the targetline, but keep the putter head square to that inside-to-inside path.

To practice hitting putts while allowing the club to swinging on its natural path, consider a setup like I have in these three sequenced photos. As I take the club back, I can visually see the putter head moving to the inside. At impact it’s square, and after impact, it’s back to the inside. As I do this, I rest the shaft of my putter along my Golfer’s Toolbox. Now, the key to allowing the putter to swing inside-to-inside is to not rest the putter head against anything and instead, rest the putter shaft. This allows the putter head to actually swing more on a natural arc as it raises and lowers relative to the ground, while still swinging on a perfectly aligned and arced putting path.

Give this drill a try and keep that putter face square to the arc–not the targetline– right through the stroke. You’ll see and feel what a perfect stroke should look and feel like.

There are several videos on the new Stan University Members site that vividly illustrate this natural putting swing path so you can see the stroke in action. If you’d like to subscribe, I’d be delighted if you would visit the Stan University Registration page to access all my tips and to join in the conversation at Ask Stan.