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I play a fair amount of golf, about twice a week. During those rounds I usually make it a habit to observe the mechanics others in my group are using to accomplish their golf swing. This is especially true on the putting green.

I have observed that many of my playing partners do things during the stroke at that crucial moment when the putter face contacts the ball that cause many errant putts. Putts that are pulled or pushed off line or are left short of the hole. 

What I see is that their putter head moves off line during the stroke. Some folks lift up vertically too quickly through the putt before and during contact. This lifting up of the putter causes a loss of power in the stroke with the ball stopping short of the hole.  

The player that is use to this errant stroke will compensate by trying to hit the ball harder. In order to putt the ball harder he takes a faster and/or longer back swing. This compensation increases the chances for other errors to occur. 

The other observation I have made is that many also pull the putter to the inside as they pass through the ball. This action moves the putter across the intended line of the putt forcing either a push or a pull depending on the action of the hands releasing the putter face. This creates a glancing blow resulting in loss of power. Nothing good can come from that. 

Double D tells me I have this problem often caused by misalignment of the shoulders at address. He is correct about that. It is my most frequent putting fault. 

If you find too much of yourself in those descriptions and would like to make more putts with greater confidence then consider using this simple putting swing thought.  

Putt through the ball. That is simple isn’t it? More specifically putt through the ball along the intended line of the putt.

Double D suggest that you choose a spot in just an inch or two front of the ball along the intended line. Then think of the putter head passing over this spot without lifting up or moving off line until after it passes this spot.

Suddenly you will be making pure contact. Your putts will be rolling farther and breaking less than you are accustomed to seeing. This will mean that you can shorten your back swing and slow your swing pace without losing distance and gaining more control of the putter head in the process.

These adjustments will take a little time to get use to but hearing those Ker plunks, rattle, rattle sooner will be well worth the effort. Don’t you think so?

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