Putting Alignment

How to Line Up for a Putt
Putting Fundamentals – Part 1

This 6-part putting series covers the fundamentals of solid, reliable putting.

In this first part, we’ll look at putting alignment…

As with the full swing, alignment is something that appears so obvious and so simple that we forget to check it on a regular basis.

Use this video lesson as a reminder that each time you’re on the practice putting green you need to pay close attention to the alignment of your feet, your hips and your shoulders.

I’d also encourage you to build an ‘alignment check’ into your pre-shot routine on the golf course.

Watch the video below for a recap of what good putting alignment is:

Side note In the video below, I placed a series of white tees around the back of the hole to make it more visible on camera – just in case you’re wondering what they are 😉

Putting Alignment – Video Summary

  • Make sure the clubface is square to the target line when aligning for a puttStart by aiming the putter face at your initial target (not necessarily the hole because there could be some break to allow for). Then build your stance around the putter’s position – rather than trying to line your stance up first and then aiming the putter face.

  • Parallel left alignment when puttingThe line of feet should aim parallel left of the hole (for the right-handed golfer). See the image to the right where a club along the ball-to-target line and a club along the feet are perfectly parallel.

  • Align your feet, knees, hips, and shoulders parallel left when puttingAlignment is NOT just about your feet. Your feet act as a line for your knees, hips and shoulders to follow. Pay particular attention to the line of your shoulders.

Next Lesson:
Putting stance and ball position >>>