Putting Alignment for Accurate putting

This may seem like a very basic matter/idea, but a lot of us are not aware of our own alignment when putting. After observing hundreds of golfers putting in their individual ways, the number one fault I have noticed is that most of these golfers do not align properly to the line they want to putt along. This is a crucial component of great putting and most club golfers are not aware of it.

Think about it for a second, how easy will it be for you to sink a straight 6 footer when you are aiming outside of the hole? No, it’s not impossible. It is definitely very possible, but you will have to incorporate ways to compensate for your alignment. Having too many compensations in your golf game will ultimately lead to inconsistencies, ineffective swing or putting stroke, and lots more frustration.

It is much easier to make a proper stroke when you are aiming down your chosen target line. One of the biggest reasons why golfers find that their putts are not starting on line is because they do not align properly in the first place. Most people blame it on their putting stroke, but the real cause of the problem is their alignment. By not aligning properly to your target path, you will have to subconsciously alter your putting stroke to compensate and correct your ill-alignment. Most people blame their putting stroke, but the smart golfers know it’s their alignment that caused the deficiencies in their putting stroke in the first place.

It isn’t the easiest thing to correct, because what we have to change is your perception. The idea is that we want to converge the 2 differences, where you think you are aiming and where you are actually aiming.

Now here is how you can correct your putting alignment:

The easiest way is to get a friend to help you. Get your friend to stand directly behind your ball and tell you exactly where you are aiming. This method is fast and effective (well, as effective as your trust in your friend’s word).

The other method is to use a video camera and record your own putt. Place the camera about one and a half feet behind the ball and make sure it is slightly elevated, or else it makes it difficult to see the hole.

To reverse the ill-alignment, I recommend you exaggerate the correction. So if you normally aim too far to the left, then exaggerate and aim too far to the right in attempt to over compensate. This way, your brain will be forced to get used to another way at looking at the hole and therefore less chance of you subconsciously reverting back to the old alignment habits.