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Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center Quick Tip: Putting Alignment

 

Hey guys, Dale Ketola. We're here at the resort course working on putting today. There's a few elements that you need in order to make a putt. We've got to be able to start the ball on line, which is what we're going to work on here today. We've got to be able to put it in at the appropriate speed, and we've also got to be able to read the green. For the purposes of this tip, we're going to work on line first. I got the Perfect Putter here, this is a pretty neat little thing. What I try to do is find a straight putt, and we drop this off of there, and it'll go in the hole. I've got a little laser here, and the laser will show us that it's maybe just right of center or pretty center. It's pointed at that tee right there. What I've done, is I've taken a Sharpie and I've put a line on the ground right there, so now we can remove this, and we can hit a few putts. Good putters are good aimers. If you can on an eight foot putt, if you can aim the face off this putter within the borders of the hole, you've got a lot better chance to make it. Now that I've created this alignment aid here, I know 100% that if I put my putter on that brown line right there, it's aimed at the center of the hole. Now we can go and start to hit some putts and work on face. As long as the face of the putter returns to that brown line at impact, the ball's going to go in the hole as you saw. If the ball's missing right, the putter face is open. If the ball's missing left, the putter face is closed. Simple as that. The putter face has a lot more to do with whether you make the putt or not, and not so much your stroke. You can stroke it from the inside or outside or all sorts of different ways, but if you can get the putter face square at impact, you're going to make a lot more putts, so it's a super way to practice it. 

 

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