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.
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.