The Secret to Great Putting

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

24 Responses to “The Secret to Great Putting”

  1. June 17, 2012


    does type of putter,square or toe down play much of as factor in this throwing thought with right does straight back,and arc type of swings affect this thought process.

    • The type of putter should not matter. Every putting stoke should be on an arc. The only way you could go straight back and straight through is if your putter had no angle and your whole body was bent over parallel tot eh ground. If you are up and there is an angle in your putter it will follow an arc.

  2. June 17, 2012


    in your putting video dvd you tak of slight arc putting stroke, i have a square head balanced putter,not a toe down putter is this going to negatively affect my stroke very much. square balanced putters supose to use straight back straight through stroke.

    • Use this putter but forget your stroke. You should be thinking of the throwing motion. That is the whole point of the video. The only way you will take it straight back and straight through is if you manipulate the putterhead.

  3. August 19, 2012


    Love the throwing motion idea, but how do you judge distance control? 15′ I can gauge but 30′ /40′ feet I might as well be on a horse…

    • Paul Wilson

      August 22, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Your brain can calculate this in a millisecond. If you are looking at 30 feet why would your brain say to throw it 10 feet? It wouldn’t. You need to focus on the target and feel how hard to throw it. Oh yeah, you need to hit tons of practice putts to dial it in to a very consistent level. Let your mind get it close. Let practice get it closer. I just made that up.

  4. September 1, 2012


    Hi Paul
    I have failed to load this video. I even paused it for thirty minutes but no results.

    • Paul Wilson

      September 4, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Eriab, This is your internet connection. The video plays fine on my system. The videos in the archive are hosted on the Amazon s3 cloud server. You will be accessing them from the closest point to the server. Given that you live in Africa this may not be consistent in every video you watch because you are farther away than most people. In this case you are going to just have to keep coming back to the videos that you are having a problem with. Hopefully, you are able to view them without a problem. This is rare but it can happen.

  5. Hi Paul,

    Another laughing out loud video. Can this game really be this simple? I thinks so. Recently when putting (and not thinking about the stroke, the distance or anything else) the results are light years better. I’ve just never had it explained to me. You do a wonderful job of simplifying the game.


    • Len,

      It is simple but simple is difficult. Keep thinking simple though. If you are at least thinking it’s simple you have a chance to make it simple.

      Thanks for the kind words. I truly appreciate it.

  6. Paul

    After impact do you follow the path of the ball with your eyes (it looks like it in video). Some do money drill where you stare at a quarter or wait to you hear sound of putt dropping before you move your head. What do you suggest?



    • Patrick,

      You watch the ball until you hit the ball then you look. Waiting until the ball stops is a little extreme. You just need to delay the reaction. So look once you see the putter hit the ball or listen for it to hit the ball.

  7. June 7, 2014


    Hi Paul,

    Thanks for bringing me here again. This is the video I referred where you sunk 3 balls in a row.

    As usual, I followed your advice and moreover, I installed Garsen Golf Grips in my putters because its design are the perfect fit for your technique. Yesterday in the course, I couldn’t be happier with the results. My lag putts were around 1 ft from the pins and a couple of times I sunk the ball.

    My home course has only 3 undulated greens, all the rest are flat or inclined in one direction, so let’s say it very friendly but there is another course nearby with challenging greens where I can test myself once in the future.

    Good technique, practice and confidence are helping me a lot in improving my putting. I’m very grateful for your guidance.

  8. June 9, 2014


    Hi Paul,

    A quick update. I played in today’s competition that was a 4 ball Ambrose. My biggest contribution was my putting which allowed to secure several birdies or pars. It was amazing to see how the ball went into the hole after everyone couldn’t sink any. I couldn’t be happier especially when we were announced as the winners. It can be a humble and little competition but it felt great to find out that thanks to your tips and help, I’m in the right track to get better every day.

  9. August 29, 2014



    Saw your vids on You Tube and was amazed. Subscribed to the golf tips and am delighted. Drives are longer, game is fun and exhilarating again. Oh yes, I am 67. Thanks for the great instruction, which actually improves one’s game. Congratulations on your teaching!

    • Paul Wilson

      August 30, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Thank you for the kind words. I truly appreciate it and your support. Keep up the good work.

  10. September 29, 2014


    Hi Paul;
    I’m having an issue with my backstroke & can’t seem to fix it. It seems to go everywhere. I’m using only my shoulders to take it back & keeping a light grip. It doesn’t go straight back or on a slight arc. Might this be from too heavy a putter, or an alignment issue?

    • Paul Wilson

      September 29, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      If you made the motion to throw a ball would your arm go everywhere when you moved your arm into position to throw. No. If it is moving when putting you are moving it. Mot likely over-thinking it.

      Try this and you will fix it instantly:

      The Secret to Great Putting:

  11. September 29, 2014


    Hi Paul;
    I imagine that’s probably true. I know I make a smoother stroke with my practice stroke but then I’m looking at the hole which helps me feel the stroke length I need for the right distance & not at all about the stroke path. More than likely thinking more about stroke than concentrating on ball. Thanks.

    • Paul Wilson

      September 30, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, you are over-thinking it. Make it simple and stop thinking about your stoke. If you can throw a ball you can do this.

  12. November 24, 2014


    What grip pressure do you use on a ten point scale? Do you “bump” the ball or let the putter head swing thru on its own?

  13. November 24, 2014


    are the hands supposed to stay ahead of the putter head thru out the stroke or can they stay even? What about the the putter head getting ahead of the hands?

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