GOLF PUTTING TIPS: HOW TO FIND YOUR AIM LINE

golf putting tipsOne of the most important golf putting tips is to learn how to locate your aim line when putting, especially for long putts The aim line is the line on which you should square your putter head irrespective of your ball-to-cup line.

Obviously, finding your aim line on a green can be beneficial whether stroking short or long putts The best way to find your aim line when putting is to use the Locked-Knees Technique™.

Here is how to perform the Locked Knees Technique™ to find your aim line.

STEP 1: Stand behind your ball, facing the cup (hole location), to locate the ball-to-cup putting line.

STEP 2: Grip the shaft of your putter horizontally with your hands about 1 and ½ feet apart. Then lock your knee and elbow joints.

STEP 3: Next, extend your putter shaft outward until about waist high.

If your putter shaft slants downward to your right, you will know your aim line is to the right of the cup at the point of the ball.

If your putter shaft slants downward to your left, you will know your aim line is to the left of the cup at the point of the ball.

However, if your putter does not slant downward to your left or right, you will know that your aim line matches your ball-to-cup line and you have a straight-in putt to the cup, at least from the point of the ball.

Nonetheless, you cannot confirm your true aim line until you then go to the cup, stand behind the cup facing your ball and, once again, perform the Locked Knees Technique™.

That is, grip your putter shaft horizontally with your hands merely separated by the width of the cup. Then lock your knee and elbow joints as before and extend your arms until your putter shaft is centered over the cup.

If your putter shaft does not slant either to the left or right, you will know you have a straight- in putt at the point of the cup.

Assuming a flat lie when standing behind your ball facing the cup and, assuming a flat lie at the point of the cup, you would have a straight-in putt since your aim line would match your ball-to-cup line.

On the other hand, if you do not have a flat lie at either the point of the ball and/or at the point of the cup, you would need to adjust your aim line to accommodate for the difference between the two.

When making any type of adjustment in your aim line to accommodate for the difference between the two, you should realize your ball will break more toward the cup as it rolls nearer the cup than during its initial roll.

When you learn to use the Locked-Knees Technique™ to locate your aim line, your putting should improve immensely because this is one of the best golf putting tips around.

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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.