How To Keep Your Body Stable When You Putt

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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+

19 Responses to “How To Keep Your Body Stable When You Putt”

  1. Very good tip Paul ,to Check your body does’nt move during THE putting stroke .JEREMY KLINKHAMER has done a Video to show how to strengthen your lower body – glutes,HAMSTRINGS ,quadriceps – so this happens .
    I don’t remember If you recommend a slightly open stance to put or a normal parallell to target Line stance ?
    By THE way ,you have here a “blade “putter ,while on THE previous VIDEOS you had an ODYSSEY PRO mallet putter .
    Which one do you prefer ,and what is THE make of this one (It’s written on THE sole on too small characters to read ! ) ?

    • Raymond,

      Glad you liked it. Thanks. This is very important. I probably see 80% of all students move when putting.

      This was shot with my old Rossa Daytona. Great putter too. I just like the 2 ball right now.

    • Hi Paul, do you mean that you do not apply the concept of Powerleess Arms to the putting stroke?

      In this case then, do you put mainly with your whrists?

      • Laurent,

        No, I put with the throwing motion of the back hand.


        The Secret to Great Putting:

      • December 11, 2017


        In my way of putting the arms have nothing to do in the putting stroke .The momentum is provided by the rocking of the shoulders(Grand Ma’s clock !) .
        Great putting master DAVE STOCKTON does it this way and he favours the back of the left hand for the feeling ,even with the standard grip(Right hand low) on the handle

  2. July 13, 2013



    I don’t have a problem with my body moving, but I do have an issue with a consistent takeaway. The putter head seems to have a mind of its own and wanders. Do you have advice on how to correct this flaw and/or a drill to correct it?


    • Len,

      You need to concentrate on making the throwing motion. If you were truly making a throwing motion you would not be taking it back all over the place. Plus, who care how you take it back. It’s how you come through that matters. If you are target oriented even the worst backstroke can still hit great putts. Focus.

  3. July 16, 2013


    HI Paul-

    Great tip, once again… Any chance you can use this tip for the full swing with the stick in the belt loops?

  4. May 26, 2014


    Paul, this tip had a big impact on my putting. I realised that I was moving my whole body in an effort to do the perfect straight swing which unfortunately included a pretty bad control of the distance.
    I started practising this tip and suddenly I got more control of the distance but lost control of the direction with my face balanced mallet putter. I found out that my natural stroke is a slight arc so I took a blade putter that I couldn’t hit, then I started putting nicely achieving to what I was looking for.

    Yesterday I went to a golf shop and spent some time trying different putters. The best results were with toe hang putters, the same ones I couldn’t hit in the past. With most face balanced putters I was not that accurate. Does all of this make sense? Anyway, I didn’t buy any new putter but I replaced the mallet putter in my bag for the blade that is working very well.

  5. March 28, 2016


    Hey Paul,

    Is throwing motion basically your finish when you putt. I mean, I was told by a pro, that your follow through ( throwing motions) should be a couple of inches longer than your take away. This is how you control your speed. Is this true.

    Thanks Tony

  6. Paul,I commented on this excellent video ,3 years ago .What you say could have been exploited with succès by RORY Mc ILROY in his semi-final against JASON DAY ,in the WGC Match Play championship ,Mc ILROY lost solely because of his poor putting within short distance ( In my opinion it has to do with his left hand under grip ,which takes out the ” feel ” from the putting stroke .)
    A good way to keep the lower body without moving is to put most of your Weight on the forward leg ,a la SEVE BALLESTEROS

    • March 30, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Don’t know if I would tell people to put the weight on the forward leg. If they try it and like that’s fine.

      Rory is not putting great right now. He doesn’t even know what he’s doing. You can’t make all putts all of the time. Once you know the numbers it becomes clear that you will have times when you are not making many. When these times come, you cannot change. You need to fight through it and your time will come. Now he’s really messed up. This happened to many great players (Adam Scott, Vijay, Sergio etc.) Tour players really know nothing about the golf swing/short game.

  7. Hey Paul, great tip I had know idea I was moving my lower body so much until I tried your stick drill. Really keeps me in the stroke I have a problem with pulling putts especially shorter ones and this helps a lot.

    • March 30, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      Very good. Funny how people do things and not realize they are doing them. I would think you were following the putt causing you to swing left. Keep doing this drill for a while until you do it naturally.

  8. Paul ,Is your recommendation valid also for chipping or short pitching ?
    For chipping ,my feet are close together ,weight on forward leg ,and I pivot slightly around my lower body as a fixed base
    When putting ,I have my feet about 12 inches apart,measured inside the heels ,except for very short puts when my feet are close together .
    On short pitches ,my feet are also close together ,though less than when I chip ,weight foremost on front leg .In all these strokes ,I try to keep as fluid and smooth and possible,with a slow tempo .
    I played with a Pro 2 days ago :he outdrove me by far in the long game ,but near the green ,I beat him each and every time ,to his amazement and bewilderment for my consistency .At age nearing 82 ,I can’t do much to improve my distance off the tee or on the fairway ,though I work hard at home on flexibilty ,speed and the “positions “,but the short game really saves me the day .That’s why I was so disappointed with RORY Mc ILROY’s deficiencies at the WGC Match play championship .If he trained his short game as hard as I do he would be much better off…

    • March 31, 2016

      Paul Wilson


      No. Your body will move through with chipping. Pitching it will turn back a little with the shoulder turn and definitely turning on the through swing as I want you thinking TURN to hit the shot.

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