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A good putting setup is just as important

as a good setup for a full swing.


Start wrong and everything that you do to improve your putting becomes just that much harder.

Jack Nicklaus stresses that over 90% of golf errors occur before you even start your swing.

Putting Setup at Address

If you can stand correctly to the ball at address you have a reasonable chance of making a sound stroke.

If you are haphazard in your approach, you do yourself no good. So why make it difficult?

It would be wrong to suggest that there is only one correct address position.

You only have to watch golf on television to see the differences in setup. However, these golfers are professionals who can devote a lot of time to their putting.

If you can’t put in the hours of practice, you should work on achieving a standard address position over the ball - one that helps you to achieve a repeatable stroke.

How you set up to the ball will influence your putting stroke and the outcome of the shot. The simpler your putting action, the easier it will be for you to achieve a consistent roll on the ball.

Each element of the putting stroke is only as good as the elements that came before it. Which is why your setup - the starting point for every stroke you make - must be without fault.

Otherwise, you'll put into motion an unending chain of mistakes, a reaction that can only be offset by consistency-robbing compensations.

Todd Sones:Lights-out Putting

A good address position is one that is balanced. It keeps the parts of your body parallel to your aimline. When you have a fundamentally sound setup you will make more solid contact with the ball. An added bonus will be your ability to take your practice game to the course and putt better under pressure.

So let us have a closer look at the main components that go towards achieving a good Putting Setup, each of which has an influence on your putting stroke:

Putting Posture

The putting posture you adopt should put you in a comfortable and balanced position to allow your arms to move without resistance during your stroke.

Putting Alignment

Poor putting alignment creates unnecessary problems. You need to keep your shoulders, hips, knees, and feet in a straight line and parallel to your aimline.

Putting Stance

The putting stance varies from person to person. The conventional stance is shoulder-width, feet parallel to your aimline, and with your toes pointing straight ahead.

Ball Position

There are two important aspects to your ball position that denote where your ball should be located relative to your toe-line and stance.

Putting Grip

The putter can be help in a variety of ways. The most common putting grip is the traditional reverse-overlap.

Grip Pressure

Grip Pressure will affect how you putt and it makes sense to find the one that will best serves your putting stroke.

Putting Triangle

There is a natural triangle that is formed by the line of your shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands. Maintaining the shape of this triangle is important to your putting stroke.

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