Keep the Putter Low

To become a great putter there is not some magical stone to rub, magical fairy dust, or secret chant to say before you putt. It comes down to simple fundamentals and one of those fundamentals is keeping putting drillthe putter low to the ground. In order to put the proper roll on the ball we need to have a stroke that does not drive the ball in the ground or cause backspin on the putts. In order to achieve this we want a stroke that will stay relatively low to the ground and also a path that is relatively straight back and straight through. This training aid will allow you to work and fix both areas.

Grab two pencils and a string about 6-10 feet long. Tie each end of the string around the pencil and stick the pencil in the ground behind the hole. Take the other end of the string that is tied around the pencil and make the string tight along a straight putt.

Now simply place a ball directly under the string. If your putter has a line on it then the line of the putter should match the string line. Your path will work straight back and maybe slightly to the inside on the backswing and straight through and maybe slightly to the inside on the follow through. This training aid will also keep the putter low to the ground and will not allow the putter to work up into the air too much on either the backswing or follow through.

There are a few fundamentals that must be mastered in order to be a great putter. The string drill is very cheap and can help with putter face alignment, path of putter, and also angle of attack. Work on this drill the next time your on the putting green and you will be well on your way to improving your putting. If you want to learn more secrets, games, and drills to improve your putting then I encourage you to get my Putting DVD and you will learn the 3 factors that go into making a putt. Check it out here:

Keep em Long and Straight,


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  1. Ed says:

    I’ve read/heard of the string drill before. What I use is a carpenter’s chalk line. Not harmful to the grass and is more realistic. 1st learn the straight in put than pick a R-L/L-R breaker and chalk the line on the starting line. This way one gets use to the line not the hole.

  2. Bill D says:

    This is an great tip on putting practice and I will be trying it. For the most part my biggest problem is reading the break on a green. I can putt the ball on the line that I choose and the distance it travells is satisfactory most of the time. Most of my missed putts are due to improper reading of the break. I wear glasses and I’m not sure if that has anything to do with it. Do you have any suggestions?

    • CJ Goecks says:

      Bill D.
      I do have suggestions for reading greens. Give me about two months and we will be releasing something that will change your green reading for ever. Most unbelievable shocking thing I have seen with golf. Cant put it on blog yet still working out details. It’s coming though.
      Keep em Long and Straight,

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