Instruction

How to Stop Pulling Putts

Photo: Rob Tringali

Swing your putter slightly to the inside of the flagstick going back and straight down the pole on your way through the ball to stop your tendency to pull the ball left.

This story is for you if...

• You regularly miss putts left.

• You'd like a simple way to double-check your putting stroke.

The Problem

You try to make a straight-back-and-straight-through puttting stroke, but without realizing it, you're actually taking it back outside the target line (away from you). And because it feels straight, you come through the ball to the inside of the target line. The result? A pulled putt that misses left.

The Solution

Lay the flagstick on the green, set your putter squarely over it and make practice strokes. Try to swing your putterhead slightly to the inside going back, so that just the toe section is over the stick. On your through-stroke, move your putterhead straight down the pole. This will stop those misses left and get the ball rolling toward the hole.

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