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Great Putting starts before you Putt
Golfing Magazine Staff
By Golfing Magazine Staff
Published on 08/3/2010

Great Putting starts before you Putt
To putt great this year, you must have what I call good pre- putt fundamentals. The first fundamental to work on is alignment with the putter and the body. Find a level 8 ft putt in your basement or on your indoor putting mat that every golfer should have. Using a laser level that you can get at any hardware store, line the laser 10 ft away from the hole, making sure it makes a straight line to the middle of the hole or your target. With the laser line image on the surface, place your putter between the laser and the hole making sure the laser line matches up with the alignment line on your putter. Make sure you use a putter with an alignment line. Next you must make sure your toes, knees, hips, forearms and shoulders are parallel to that laser line.
The second pre- putt fundamental is posture. Your knees should have a slight bend and your back tilted so eyes are over the target line. Your feet should be inside shoulder width about the width of your hips. Your arms should hang naturally under the chest and the forearms should line up with the shaft of the club.
The third pre-putt fundamental is ball position. This is mostly neglected but very important. Get the putter head in the middle of stance, so the ball will be slighted left of the center of your stance.
Last but not least is the putting grip. It’s hard to explain the grip in an article but if you want to putt well, the side of grip should be in both life lines of both hands.   
 All these things that happen before you putt are crucial if you want to have any chance of making a good stroke. Right now don’t worry about the stroke itself, conquer these pre-putt fundamentals and there’s a good chance you won’t even have to work on your putting stroke.