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IMO it's better to work with your arc, instead of fighting against it with SBST.

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Experiment with different ways to grip the putter. I used to use a more traditional reverse overlap putting grip. One day experimented between claw grip / cross hand and the consistency in my contact changed quite a bit. Now my grip has sort of evolved into a crosshanded overlap grip. Left hand is the main hand on the grip, while the right hand I overlap my index & middle finger on top of my left right between the knuckles of my pinky / ring finger of my left.

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I'm not sure if this is an "arc vs. SBST" discussion or a jerky takeaway discussion. I've had issues with the jerky takeaway forever. You would think a gate drill would help, but it never works for me. A few suggestions that have smoothed things out for me:

Try a lighter grip pressure.

Introduce a little forward press/trigger to start your stroke.

Do NOT look at your clubhead when making your stroke. Pick a spot on the ball instead.

Inhale before taking your stroke, and then exhale and take your stroke at the same tempo as your exhalation. This one actually works best for me.

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I try to focus more on square impact than path and things that help me accomplish that. Nothing moving from hips down. I took a putting lesson and the guy told me that path is the least important part and to focus more on good setup and lining up well. Only mention of path was that he didnt like my takeaway going back too upright.

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