The putting stroke is really simple but often gets over complicated. Get the basic mechanics right and then reinforce them on a regular basis. You should do basic stroke exercises, in isolation to the rest of your putting practise, at least twice a week. if you keep it regular then 4 minutes will be enough to keep re-calibrating your stroke and alignment.
• Tilt over from the pelvis so that your arms can hang comfortably down in front of you, leaving enough room to rock your shoulders and swing the putter head. This should also position your eyes directly over the ball to target line.
• Position the ball in the stance where you get the best strike and initial roll. This normally means somewhere just in front of centre.
• We are aiming to hit the ball with between 0 and 4 degrees of loft. Since most putters have 4 degrees try and have the shaft directly vertical (not leaning forwards or back).
• Get your shoulder line parallel to your target line. Your feet line is incidental.
• Make the motion from the shoulders and top of your arms. The fulcrum point of the pendulum is your sternum.
• Without question, one of the key aspects of the stroke is the rhythm you create. Keep the back and follow through the same length and accelerate to a meaningful STOP at the end of the stroke.
• You don't want to hit the ball on the up or in a downward motion. Neither creates a better roll. Aim to hit the ball at the bottom of your shallow arc.
• When practising your stroke in isolation, be mindful of the amount of arcing in the stroke and the face rotation. Always check the amount of face rotation at the end of the stroke.
The putting stroke will need to become completely automatic. There is a lot of research to corroborate this point. Our attention needs to be absorbed in the intended line and speed of the putt. If you find that you are attending to stroke mechanics on the course then you will not putt at your best. Therefore, as mentioned in the introduction to this page; find a way to structure brief but regular stroke work into your practice schedule.