Tim Hall

Ross-on-Wye Golf Club

PGA Golf Professional

How important is Aim? (Part 1 of 2)

If your putter club face is 1 degree left or right from the centre of the hole at impact on a straight 10 foot putt, it will miss the hole completely. Completely!

So, how accurate are we at Aiming the club face at set up?
Well, through my growing experience of using the Science and Motion (SAM) Putt Lab, the answer is pretty poor. With consistency being the main issue, a margin of error of 3-10 degrees on a straight 10 foot putt is very common.

Good News!

Our eyes are like Lasers! Picture this scenario.

Driving down the motorway at 70 miles per hour. Your task is to keep inside the two white lines that are either side of your car. If you were out by 3 degrees with the steering wheel, how long would you last before all hell broke loose? My prediction would be not long. So as I said your eyes are like lasers and so we have no excuse for Aiming our putter club face inconsistency out by 3 degrees.

The Answer = The Process

95% of the golfers I watch set up to the ball in this order
1 - Set up to the ball (grip, stance, posture)
2 - Aim the Putter
3 - Hit the Putt

By repeating the process in this order the results for consistency go through the roof, our eyes work like lasers - When we know where to aim we can use our laser eyes to ROLL IT and HOLE IT. I love this.

Next time you're out practising, just hit a few putts and work out in which order you do the process. Try it the LPH way. I think you will quickly see an improvement in consistency.

Please let me know how you get on.
I hope you enjoyed the read and next week (Part 2) I will go onto talking about the importance of Aim on breaking Putts.

If you would like to improve your Aim please let me help you and book your lesson today!
Happy Golfing!

Below are two screen shots of Tony Howells' journey with me continuously improving his consistency of Aim - Go Tony...!

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