How far forward should the ball be in your putting stance?

how far forward should the ball be in relation to your stance?

There is no one solution to this question.

It all depends on what feels comfortable to you.

The general rule is to have it some where between the insider of your left foot and the middle of your stance.

On the professional golf tours, you’d see players with different ball positions when putting. It is really personal choice. There are players like Tiger Woods who had grown up hitting the putts on the upstroke, which got the ball to roll faster. Where as some other golfers and coaches believe you should hit the ball at the bottom of your putting arc.

However, there is some science to it.

The science is this, after some very smart people did some studies on how the golf ball rolled, they figured that the ideal loft angle of the putter should be around 4 degrees, to give the ball the best possible roll.

Most putters have 4 degrees of loft, some only have 3.

This means that, ideally, you want to hit the golf ball with the shaft of the club vertical to get the best roll.

But the thing is, best roll doesn’t mean putts made.

So if you are someone who likes to have a forward press in your putting, then you may think about adding to the loft of your putter. Vice versa if you have your hands slightly further back.

As for ball position, it really depends on how and at what angle you attack the ball.

Personally, ball position is definitely not something I consciously focus on in my putting. When I step over the ball, I know I’m in the right position.

Go out there and practice a few difference positions and find out which one feels the best for you.