To aid in proper putting alignment it
helps to practice using the technique we outline below.
Then, once you are comfortable, apply it to your game
on a regular basis and sink more long putts.
When faced with a long putt (10-100 feet),
first determine the break and speed of the putt by evaluating
the undulations and firmness of the green. By doing
this you can determine the precise line the putt must
begin along in order to ultimately role into the hole.
After determining the proper line, choose a secondary
target (the primary target being the hole itself), closer
to the ball along the same path (preferably within 4
to 6 feet of the ball). When you line up to strike the
ball align your body and your putting stroke with the
secondary target. You will find that the secondary target,
because of its proximity to the ball is much easier
to line up with than aiming at the hole itself which
is 10-100 feet away. Stroke the putt with the proper
weight to get to the hole, while at the same time ensuring
that the ball rolls directly over your secondary target.
You should be comfortable striking the
ball toward the secondary target because prior to setting
up you already established that the secondary target
is in fact on the line necessary to put the ball into
the hole much farther away.
This technique makes the process of a
long put much easier, as it eliminates much of the guessing
when lining up a putt more than 10 feet away.