golf putting tipsOne of the best golf putting tips comes from Dave Pelz who suggests you should aim your putter head three times to the outside of your aim line that I characterize as the plumb-bob line—for those who plumb-bob their putts. 

The more I study and experience putting the more I am convinced of Dave Pelz’s theory: your aim line should be three times to the outside of what you initially believe the break of your ball to be. I believe this to be one of the best golf putting tips, anywhere.

Although Dave Pelz does not seem to be that fond of the plumb-bob alignment technique,  I am of the “old school” when it comes to putting and still plumb-bob putts. Perhaps you do also.

If so, you are in good company because some of the greatesr putters ever use the plumb-bob technique to align their putts, such as the legendary putting sensation, Ben Crenshaw.

If you are unfamiliar with this golf method to putt, here is how it works.

Theoretically, if you hold your putter vertically with the bottom of your putter centered over your ball-to-cup line, facing the hole location, and then observe the top of your putter with your dominant eye it should show you in which direction, if any, your putt should break.

In order to enhance this putting technique, I also lock my knee joints during the plumb-bob procedure. I find by doing so, I get more accurate feedback.

Through many years of research and experiments in trying to debunk and disprove Dave Pelz’s theory, I have come to belief he is correct in his three-to-one ratio hypothesis.

However, instead of applying it to what may appear to be the break of a putt from just a general observation, I apply it to what my plumb-bob line reveals.

That is, I align my putter head  three times more to the outside of what my plumb-bob line shows me, especially on severe breaks.

When faced with a very extreme break, I may aim my putter head four times or more to the outside of what my plumb-bob line reveals to me. 

You should experiment on your own to determine what ratio you should apply in aiming your putter head to the outside of what you initially observe the break of your putt to be or, to the outside of what your plumb-bob line shows if you use the plumb-bobbing technique.

In doing so, you too may conclude that Dave Pelt’s analysis is spot on

You also should improve your putting and lower your golf scores by following his theory, whether you plumb-bob or not.

 You then should agree that this is one of the best golf putting tips  ever written.

 Copyright © 2011 by Gordon Jackson. All Rights Reserved.



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Gordon Jackson, founder of Locked-in Golf Inc., author of Straight Shooting Golf and 11 other books on golf instruction, and who has written more extensively about golf mechanics then anyone in the history of the sport.