top of page

Elbows not shoulders for perfect putting

Elbows not shoulders

Golf is a very individual game made up of many different aspects. There is more then one way to get the golf ball around the course effectively.

If you talk to golfer’s, you will hear people say golf is all about hitting the ball straight. Some will say it is all about hitting the ball far, while others might say its all about the short game.

All these aspects have a strong case and may be more important to some people then others depending on their own strengths and weaknesses.

I however, believe Putting is the quickest and most effective way to improve scores directly.

You may hit more fairways or greens in regulation during a round this does not mean it will improve your overall score. If you average 3 or 4 less putts per round this will help your scorecard!

This week I have a few Putting tips on how to improve your putting stroke and thereby lowering your scores.

I have heard for many years people describing the putting movement as a “shoulder movement”. Personally, I do not like this thought and my reason follows...

To be able to putt consistently well, you need very little movement from the waist down. When you try and rock your shoulders back and forth it is very difficult to keep the legs and hips from also moving.

Therefore, I prefer the thought of moving the elbows back and forth to control the amount of power generated. While doing this try to keep your wrists from making any hinging movements.

Try and keep roughly the same length of stroke on the way back as you do on the way through but try and make sure you accelerate when striking the ball.

I like to keep the ball in the middle of my stance as the club has plenty of loft to allow an upwards action and cause the ball to have top spin momentum. There is no need to deliberately hit up on the ball.

The last thought I have would be to keep your weight very slightly on your leading leg so you do not sway through the putting action, if you sway this will also cause your head through the shot.

It will take a bit of time to get use to the new stroke so spend some time on the putting green, this way when you step out onto the course it will feel more natural.

If you would like some Putting tips or a more in-depth lesson, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Please phone the shop on 01738 440678 or email me through

bottom of page