Executing the perfect putting stroke requires some body parts to move while others need to remain stationary. Arms ,shoulders, wrists , hands and the chest all should move while keeping hips , knees , eyes and the feet immobile . The key to controlling the action is to harmonize all moving parts such that they work coherently while executing the stroke. For every golfer, the expectation is to strike the golf ball at the middle with the putter face middle as well.
As such, the shaft of the golf stick should go back to its initial 90 degrees position and the start line should be in alignment with the face.
If a golfer’s distinct feel for speed is right, they avoid three-putting. It is imperative for a golfer to work on speed control.
A tip to improve on pace control might be to try and hit putts while eyes are shut thus developing a natural feel after opening the eyes and lifting the head only when they think the ball has stopped rolling.
Employing the best putting stroke mechanics involves how a golfer arcs when swinging as the natural position is on the side of the ball. To achieve a more square-to-square putt, the shaft angle must be more vertical as in a 90 degrees angle.
Understanding your Stroke
Most amateur golfers try to copy strokes performed by other professional putters. Once a putter loses their feel due to being caught up in the stroke mechanics, they usually putt poorly.
It is crucial that every golfer understands and controls the rhythm of their strokes as it is the most important thing.
Routine is vital for serious putters if they aim to row in accolades and awards. For a good habit, one should read the putt, target using the line on the ball and take a good intense practice swing. Practicing and maintaining a proper routine goes a long way in achieving a steady stroke.
Golfers make the common mistake of cutting across the ball by pushing the putter outside of the line translating into sidespins and offline putts.
Different golfers putt differently; some take the putting arc back and straight through while others prefer taking it back and through in a slightly inner path. Both of these methods are effective, but the key is always consistency in maintaining the arc.
Maintaining the Triangle
For the entire length of the stroke, the golfer needs to keep the triangle. The arms and shoulders form this so-called triangle.
When executing the stroke, both the arms and shoulders should move back and forth in a fluid motion to achieve the ideal putting stroke.
Breaking the wrists is a common mistake that putters make leading to poorly executed putts. It is important not to break wrists as it is fundamental in forming and maintaining the triangle. Breaking wrists causes the putter head to move offline caused by the wrists hinging. To avoid this error, golfers are advised to first preserve the triangle and in turn master how not to break wrists.