Sight dots, sight line or nothing at all?
THIS may seem like a trivial topic to write about, but trust me when I say that for many golfers it does make a difference and can improve your putting.
My clients often ask me to help them with their alignment. My first priority is always to watch them putt outside on our practice green so I can test their alignment in the real world and also to see if there are any patterns (i.e if they tend to aim too far left on left-to-right putts as opposed to right-to-left putts, etc.)
Golfers with alignment issues almost always ask about whether they should be using a line on their golf ball, line on their putter head, etc. The easiest way for me to assist them to determine what they should do is put them through some simple ten-ball tests on Puttlab (see photo) using a putter with a sight dot, one with a sight line and one with nothing at all. All of these are done with and without lines on the golf ball.
I can say that for many golfers it does make a difference and it is very personal. Some players (like me) even get worse when they use a line on their ball and putter. From experience, this is because we are aware of the line and speed and are ‘in tune’ with our senses. Then, when we have lines to look at, we switch into ‘technique-perfect-stroke mode’ and lose our feel.
If you are having trouble with your putter alignment or putting in general please pay me a visit at the Sydney Putting Studio at The Ridge Golf Course, Barden Ridge.