Tip From the Archives

Practice the Putt

Problem

You putt better without a practice stroke but you need to improve on accuracy.

Cure

The time it takes to practice your putt and realign your body as you set up to the ball can cost you some of the mental imagery of your line and break. If you change the direction of your body during the practice stroke, you can lose your focus and intended line. You should continue to make practice strokes but do so much closer to the ball to help maintain the mental image and feel for your putt.

Therapy

Keep your alignment the same by practicing the stroke a couple inches inside of the ball. This way you do not need to step out of the alignment with your feet or body with your putting line. It will also give you a better feel for the speed of the stroke because you are so close to the ball and will improve your ability to imagine how the ball will along your intended line.

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