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Without seeing the stroke its a little hard to give a solid opinion but off the top of my head it could be these:

 

1. Putter is left open at set-up. Allot of putter have a tendency to open during the set-up so make sure the shaft angle is vertical (if not slightly forward), and the club face is square.

 

2. You may be in between swings. Most player either have whats called a gate swing (where the putter makes and arch), or a straight back and forth swing (like it sounds). Your take away may favor the gate method while your follow through stays straight. Try setting a pair of clubs down on the green making a "rail road track" and focus on keeping the putter head in the tracks.

 

3. You may be getting handsy. If you use a traditional putter (not a belly or broomstick) there is a tendency for players to get "handsy" with the putter, where the try and guide the ball with their hands on the down swing. Make sure that your hands stay dead. Try to focus on keeping your thumbs facing forward through out the entire swing.

 

Other than that I would go back to the basics and do a check on your posture and set-up.

 

Good Luck! :golfer:

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2. You may be in between swings. Most player either have whats called a gate swing (where the putter makes and arch), or a straight back and forth swing (like it sounds). Your take away may favor the gate method while your follow through stays straight. Try setting a pair of clubs down on the green making a "rail road track" and focus on keeping the putter head in the tracks.

 

99 times out of 100 when I miss a putt right, it's because of this. I'm a gated stroke putter, and if I don't release the toe of the putter, I push it right, especially in short range.

 

You don't have to be a straight back straight through putter, if you're comfortable with the arced stroke, just focus on letting the toe of the putter release, it should be pointing left of the target line at the end of the stroke.

 

The unrleased toe is a problem that plauges a lot of gated stroke putters because we often get too target conscious and hold off the release towards the target. When this happens, it's usually because one hand is the "bad hand" as Stan Utley reffers to it and doesn't release. To find out which hand it is, putt one handed, it'll be obvious which is the "bad hand" because one hand will release the toe and the other will not. In Utley's experience, he says it's about an even split between right and left "bad hands" so no matter what your dominant hand is, it may or may not be the cluprit.

 

Of course, if you're a straight back straight through putter, disregard the above. :p

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