Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 500 - Wed. April 4th, 2018
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Tom's Featured Tip: Putting - Alignment Lines On The Ball
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Tom's Featured Tip: Putting - Alignment Lines On The Ball

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

Alignment Lines On The Ball

Golf seems to be more exciting than usual lately, probably because of Tiger. No doubt he'll be the story if he gets off to a good start at the Masters, but last week's Houston Open was no slouch for sure.

It was pretty cool to see Ian Poulter play his way into the Masters with that gritty win. Grit actually summarizes his game, and it's heartening to see a relatively short hitter win on tour these days.

This week's tip actually was inspired by how Beau Hossler marks his ball. Hossler lost to Poulter in a great duel that went to a sudden death playoff, and he was putting like his life depended on it.

On one of the close ups of his ball, I noticed that he had unusual alignment marks on it. They were actually marks that I talked about in a past newsletter issue, but I've never seen a pro using the method before. I actually thought about developing and patenting a line marking template to put lines like his on a golf ball, but during my due diligence research I found a marking template that was similar enough to bring an intellectual property ownership dispute, so I abandoned the project.

Hossler did so well with it that I'm going to use it myself this year.

Here's the marking method that Hossler used: a straight line that points towards the target, and a curved line at the back end of the straight line. When you rotate the ball, the curved line appears to be straight when viewed from above.

There has been research that disputes the value of using one straight alignment line on the ball, due to the optical difficulty of standing over the ball and getting your putter face aligned square to that line.

Marking your ball with two lines like the ball in the image on the left above solves that problem.

Make optic nuances work for you, not against you.

After you have aligned the straight line to aim at your target with your dominant eye (with a ball marker in place of course), carefully rotate the ball so that the curved line looks straight when viewed from above, in your putting stance.

Instead of trying to align your putter face perpendicular to the straight line that points towards the hole - which invites optical illusion, you simply set up your putter face so that it's parallel the curved line, which now looks straight when viewed from above (the image on the right above), and your putter face is perfectly aligned towards your target.

Use this method and you should shave a stroke or two off your handicap. Try it, you'll definitely like it.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, please contact
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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection!"
~ Ben Hogan