Firm Putting by Jack Nicklaus

Here’s what Good Ol’ Jack believed about putting.

To produce solid controlled putts, you must constantly introduce the right amount of spin.

Ideally the blade should travel low to the ground back and thru to place impact on the center of the ball.

When the blade lifts on the backswing, it may strike the ball on the descent and produce excess backspin.

If the blade lifts on the hit and follow-thru, the ball will gain overspin, with less control.

So try to keep your putter as low to the ground as possible, this will encourage a more optimal amount of spin on the ball and therefore better roll on the green. What you don’t want to do with your putter is to lift it right off the round and come sharply downwards into the ball.