At the start of the week I had an influx of golfers with putting problems.
The majority of problems started from a poor setup position.
Try this drill below, using a builder’s chalk line, to check to see if your basic set-up is correct.
Look for a straight putt of six feet or so.
Peg one end of the builder’s chalk line with a tee and then pull out the string all the way to the hole.
Once it is tight, simply snap the string and you will be left with a distinct white line on the green.
The chalk line gives a visual aid to help you align your feet and body square to the target line.
It is always reassuring to know that there is a good relationship between your eye line and general alignment, so when you are on the course and about to take a six foot putt you can trust your technique.
This drill also allows you to be sure that the putter face is square to the target and promotes the proper stroke path.
Place the ball onto the line and make sure the alignment lines on your putter aim straight down the chalk line.
This helps you to see that the putter-face is square to the line of the putt.
Then putt balls into the hole. If you can practise this every time you go onto the putting green you will know you are repeating good habits.
Make a point of going through the whole routine, looking at the putt from behind the ball and then going through your pre-putt routine before hitting it. That way you condition good habits for the golf course.