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Stance: An Underrated Aspect of Putting

Stance: An Underrated Aspect of Putting

You probably have never given it much thought, but stance plays a large role in your putting performance. Most likely, you’ve tinkered with your stance for the long game and chipping, but always did what came natural while on the greens. If that sounds like you, good news - that’s how it should feel!

 

 

 

 

Doing what feels natural means you’re at your most comfortable. In other words, there is no extra tension and no additional stress while over the ball, especially for those pressure-packed putts.  However, that doesn’t mean adjusting your stance is out of the question. You might be surprised with what you find.

 

We’ve put together a few tips that will put you in the right frame of mind when it comes to dialing in your perfect putting stance.

Wide or Narrow

 

Balance is crucial during the putting stroke, so having a solid base is encouraged for all players. Stand in a slightly more than shoulder width stance, and keep your weight more toward your toes, as opposed to the heels.

Close or Far

 

This is purely about finding which distance works for you and which one doesn’t. Next time you’re on the practice green, hit just a few putts slightly closer to and farther from the ball than you normally would.

 

Instead of trying to feel preference, pay attention to which stace style feels most awkward to you. Doing so will give a much better understanding of your true preference, and allows you to know what to avoid during your rounds.

Open or Closed

 

A slightly opened or closed putter face at impact has a dramatic influence on your line. If you find that squaring the putter face is difficult, opening or closing your stance could be a viable solution (though, it’s probably time for a different putter style).

 

Make sure you find a relatively flat area of the green to test opened and closed stances on to achieve true results.

 

Also note that your swing mechanics will change with every adjustment you make. You may find that even the smallest adjustment can have a big impact.

 

With the help of the fundamentals you can make sure you always practice with the correct ball position, stance width, eye line over the ball and alignment. Once you’ve mastered the putting stance that is most comfortable to you, you should start practicing with the Perfect Putter to make sure you’re ready for those make-it-or-break it putting moments.

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