Have you ever hit a putt and it just didn't go on the putting line that you intended? Usually this happens to everyone at some point in time and is usually due to either a miss-read or incorrect aim.
To help you figure out the cause you will need to investigate whether the ball started on the line according to how you read the putt or didn't start on the line according to your read.
For example, if I were to read a putt with a right to left break of 3 inches and the ball started 5 inches to the right then my root cause had to have been an aim issue. Now there are many factors that can cause this but the simplest answer is to make sure your putter is fit correctly to you.
If your putter is not fit you are setting yourself up to have many compensations in your stroke and that is not good.
David Orr has proven that using a putter that one can can aim correctly improves many directional parameters using the Sam PuttLab. The Sam PuttLab is a device that measures 28 different stroke parameters (and has the ability to address inconsistencies and problems regarding the stroke).
For more information on the importance of putter aim check out putter aim
Another reason for missing an intended line would be a miss-read. An example of this would be a right to left putt that breaks 3 inches and you aim 6 inches to the right and miss just above the hole.
The following picture will illustrate:
As you can see this putt was aimed too far to the right and in result, was missed. Had the aim been correct the putt would have been holed.
Learning from your putting line can be a crucial piece to taking the next step in your game.
To help you develop an awareness with your line of putt it would be wise to invest in an AimPoint Technologies clinic. After attending one of these clinics you will receive an Aim Chart that shows you all of the breaks out to 20 feet on a planar section of a green.
The reason why this can be beneficial to your game is once you know the exact read for a putt you will be able to check yourself on whether or not you're starting your ball on the correct line as well as the correct Speed.
For more information on green reading and the basics of AimPoint Technologies visit
By taking the time to understand what is causing your ball to miss your intended line you will be making major strides to becoming that all-star putter in your Saturday foursome.
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