SEE THE PUTTER HEAD ON THE LINE BEFORE HITTING THE BALL. I start by lining up to the putt and placing my putter behind the ball. I then gaze down my line, I take my putter and place it about 8 inches in front of the ball in the air extending from my ball to the hole. I then trace the line from my ball to the putter and then from the putter to the hole. This "pre positioning" allows me to (fore) see how the putter's position will be during my stroke. This also helps me to more accurately align my putter behind the ball.
PALM TO THE TARGET. One of the most common descriptions PGA Teaching Professionals utilize to demonstrate how to putt is by using an open palm and pushing it towards the target, like holding a large paint brush and painting a line. When I putt I like to feel as though my right palm is guiding the putter face down the line as long as possible. This way its easier to utilize the larger muscles of my shoulder to have control of the putting stroke, which helps to reduce the "yips".
LOWER ARM ANGLE. I like to hold the putter first with my dominant hand at address and holding it up off the ground slightly, this helps to engage the muscles of the shoulder and puts a slight bend in my elbow which also helps position my arm giving it the same angle as the putter shaft at address. The simplicity of this routine helps to align the putter shaft, hand and forearm at address.
Phillip A. Jaffe, PGA North Florida Section Orlando, Florida EMAIL:email@example.com PHONE: 407.227.9869