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Set Up Straight Consistent not Perfect to sparkle this November It’s the time of year where your golf game is probably ready for a bit of a polish. A busy summer of golf can mean a few cheeky faults creep in. With competition golf quietening down and a winter on its way now is the time to focus on improvement.

In this article I’m highlighting the fact that to putt well you don’t need to do everything perfectly, but you do need consistency. To illustrate this fact, I’m showing you some reports taken from my Putt Lab.

The quickest and most effective way to do this is book a series of lessons with a reputable PGA pro as it’s important you work on the areas of your game that really need attention. One of the areas that everyone slips into bad habits is the set up... so let’s do a quick spruce up by checking your alignment...

They all hit a number of putts over a set distance - about eight feet. The different putts are illustrated by different colours. To the left of the putter you will see a row of different coloured numbers. In the case of the aim and impact, the numbers indicate the degrees left or right of the target. A minus before the number indicates left and nothing before the number, right. In the case of the centre hit, a minus is mm towards the toe. Nothing before the number indicates that the hit was towards the heel. The number under the putter is an average of those numbers.

How do you aim yourself at the target? It’s an area that, if not correct, can lead to many other compensatory faults. So here’s a quick fire way to get yourself back on track. Stand behind the ball and use your club like a ruler, seek out your target with the club head and draw a line from there to your ball. Pick a mini target just in front of your ball and point to that as you walk into your address position. Set your club face looking at the mini target and place your feet together. Only once your club face is square (leading edge at a right angle to the mini target) can you allow your feet to spread to form a parallel line to your target line. Almost like you are stood on train tracks. Trust this. You are lined up perfectly. Remember it’s not you that’s aimed at your target but your club face. Swing confidently, brushing the grass and hold that photo finish at the end. If you are tempted to peek up at the target, those who usually are a bit squiffy in this department will feel they are aiming way off. This is a confirmation that you are in fact wonky normally. Practice this on the driving range, at home, in fact anywhere. You’ll soon get used to the feeling of aiming correctly and your game will benefit immensely from this. For hints and tips on further improving and releasing that polished golfer within, visit or email me from there for lesson bookings.

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They show the aim, the moment of impact and the impact spot of a twenty five handicapper, a fifteen handicapper and a scratch player.

As you can see when you study the pictures, none of the three are perfect but the better player is more consistent in each individual stroke. Mob: 07787 887578 Email: Web:

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Tee Times Golf Magazine, November 2018  
Tee Times Golf Magazine, November 2018