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Dave Pelz Daily Golf Tip – Understanding how you aim your putter to sink more putts
Pelz Daily Golf Tip: 8/3/2011
There are two ways golfers aim their putters: They use their eyes to visually align their putter faces along a perceived line, based on the visual positions and angles of the ball, their eyes, and the hole. This is called “visual aim”. The second way golfers aim is by reacting to the deficiencies in their putting strokes, hoping to compensate for them and balance out two errors to get a correct solution. This is compensating aim. The question is: Which aim technique do you use?
In tests run at the Pelz Golf Institute, conducted in conjunction with the University of the Pacific, we found that experienced golfers usually aim to compensate for the weaknesses in their putting stroke mechanics. That is to say, most golfers do not aim visually. Players who regularly push putts to the right (because of poor stroke mechanics) learn to “compensate” their aim to the left. This allows their putts to start more on line. Golfers who putt with pull-to-the-left strokes, always (learn to) aim to the right. These compensating aim techniques, while popular, cause most golfers to putt inconsistently, and below their native abilities.
Read more about this in Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible, Chapter 4.
Golf Lesson to Improve Your Putting
When you take a golf lesson, and you get great golf instruction have you ever taken a putting lesson?
Could your Golf Professional answer Dave Pelz putting questions posed in his tip?
- How do you know where you are aiming the putter?
- What is the putter aim line – “visual aim”? What is the putter’s perceived line?
- Are you compensating your aim to balance visual and perceived line – “compensating aim”?
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He uses diagnostic and reporting tools like SAM Putt Lab to show you what is really going on with your putting.