Setting up well and executing a perfect stroke doesn't get the job done if you are aimed incorrectly. Aligning your putterface accurately to your aimline completes the preparation for your putting stroke.
Standing to the side of the ball is not ideal for aiming as you lose the advantage of binocular vision. It is for this reason that many golfers prefer to aim from behind the ball as you can face your target and use both of your eyes.
The optimum head position is where your forehead and chin are horizontal to the putting surface. This allows you to swivel your head to see the line of your putt rather than turn and lift it. This also makes it easier for you to verify if your putterface is set perpendicular to your aimline.
The recommended position of your eyes is over the ball or just inside it. The only position that is not recommended is where your eyes are outside your aimline.
In vision one of your eyes is your master or dominant eye. This is the best eye to use for aiming. When you are aiming from behind, you should position yourself so that your dominant eye is sighting down the line.
A popular method is to use the logo or a line drawn on your golf ball as a directional aid. By pointing the logo or line at your aimpoint, you take care of your aiming from behind.
When you address your putter, you align your putterface so that the alignment mark on the putter head corresponds with the logo or line on the ball.
Spot Putting is a technique where you pick out a spot close to the ball that is on your aimline. You then use this spot to align your putter when you are over the ball.
The reason for choosing a nearby spot rather than, say, the apex of the break or two balls to the right of the hole, is that it is easier to aim to a foreshortened target than one in the distance.
Aiming is the final step before executing your putting stroke. When you are satisfied that you have a good understanding on the different ways of aiming your puttterface, you are ready to move on to:
Lesson 6 – Judging Distance.
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