Author Topic: Why do I pull my putts  (Read 690 times)

Groundhog34

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Why do I pull my putts
« on: December 30, 2016, 09:12:15 AM »
I am a LEFT handed senior player with a 9 index. I would be a 4 or 5 if I could putt. I pull a good many 6 to 8 foot putts 4 to 6 inches right of the hole. Any suggestions for improvement will be appreciated.

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Re: Why do I pull my putts
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2016, 12:35:58 PM »
There are literally dozens of people on this site more qualified to answer than me, but I'll talk about why I tend to pull putts and what I've done to work on it. I am only going to look at mechanics of stroke/grip/alignment and not going to go into type of putters and what not.

1. I have a bad habit of opening up my shoulders to the line. So, with a putter square to my target line, I used to hit a lot putts with a glancing blow that drifted right. When I'd see this happen, I'd compensate by making sure that putter is closing through the stroke. The result? Putts that don't wobble but that do pull dead left.

2. My other bad habit is the breaking down of my wrists through impact. Specifically, it's my right hand (bottom hand) that releases and closes the face. I just really try to focus on quieting my hands and completing the stroke with the big muscles (shoulders, back, core). It actually feels like my right side (shoulder, ribs, lats) get pulled through when I make a good stroke that holds its line.

3. I've also noticed I lose the connection between chest and arms and putt with my arms too much...the idea of the putter being and extension of your chest and having the head move in relation to your chest is one that I really try to feel when I practice putting.

Hope any of this helps. Good luck!

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Re: Why do I pull my putts
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2016, 03:12:44 PM »
Head over to Bruce's corner: http://puttertalk.com/community/index.php?board=125.0
Some reading there will reveal a lot!
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Re: Why do I pull my putts
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2018, 04:21:14 PM »
I am a LEFT handed senior player with a 9 index. I would be a 4 or 5 if I could putt. I pull a good many 6 to 8 foot putts 4 to 6 inches right of the hole. Any suggestions for improvement will be appreciated.

First- don't ever say I'm a X handicap but I could be a Y if I could Z- Lame...  Second, let me know if you figure this out- everything is left with the putter for me no matter what.  Stroke, alignment, roll, etc...

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Re: Why do I pull my putts
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2018, 04:53:20 PM »
I am a LEFT handed senior player with a 9 index. I would be a 4 or 5 if I could putt. I pull a good many 6 to 8 foot putts 4 to 6 inches right of the hole. Any suggestions for improvement will be appreciated.

First- don't ever say I'm a X handicap but I could be a Y if I could Z- Lame...

I hope you're trying to be funny...not a very welcoming opening remark to a new member.


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Re: Why do I pull my putts
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2018, 03:55:16 PM »
Hi GroundHog34

Welcome to the forum. Start with the premise that the only way for the ball to go right is because the face is pointed that way at impact. Obvious right?

Then ask yourself why?
Am I square to a path that goes right? Are you too close to the ball for your body type? Or visual requirement.
When does the putter shut?
On the take away? Does the face balance of the putter match the amount of arc in your stroke?
In the forward swing?Do I have a rotational issue through the ball?
Do I play the ball too far forward in my stance?
Do I have an aiming issue?

By asking why at every level and trying to find the answers you learn a little about your stroke with each phase. Eventually you know your tendencies and can avoid the problems.


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Re: Why do I pull my putts
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2018, 12:17:00 AM »
 :)

If you are serious about improving your putting, then this is the place to help, and Bruce is the person to help you with it.

If your serious, check and his section referenced above.  Look through the different posts and then start asking some questions.  It will help you to understand where you may be at in your game, and what may help.  Most importantly how Bruce's instructions work.  If you have a little understanding of your stroke, then his suggestions will mean a lot more to you.

Enjoy the process.  He's a really good guy.  We're so lucky to have him here.

Dan