Learn The Proper Putting Setup

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In this tip I explain the correct putting set up.  To me, putting is very personal.  I am just giving you guidelines to follow because I want you to be comfortable as you putt.  There are quite a few areas that I address in this tip make sure you either watch it a few times or write down these points so you can take them to the putting green with you.

Once you have practiced them a few times make sure you create a routine to follow each and every time you go to putt so you don’t make a mistake.  Putting is no different than the full swing in the sense that you need to set up exactly the same every single time.  This way you can become a consistent putter.



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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+

10 Responses to “Learn The Proper Putting Setup”

  1. January 19, 2013


    Hi Paul,

    I’m trying (in this setup) to keep the putter head from getting ahead of my hands (after striking g the ball)…I think this is straightening and tightening my front (left) arm and causing me to push the ball. When I try to correct and “roll” to the target I end up w my putter head getting ahead again. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    • January 20, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Into the follow through the putterhead will be ahead of the hands. If it was even or behind the hands you would have to be manipulating the face and changing the angle in your wrists. You just don’t want the putterhead ahead of your hands at impact. Just get the throwing sensation with the back hand I suggest. This will stop you over thinking the through stroke.

  2. November 12, 2014


    Hi paul,

    could you perhaps make a video or just give us a bit of feed back as to what angle your forarms should be in relation to the club shaft if you are looking at you from a down the line view.

    Ive been taught before that your right forarm should be parralell to the shaft but your forearm angle looks a bit steeper than the club shaft.

    What are your thoughts on this?

  3. November 13, 2014


    Sorry paul, poorly presented question…. i mean you right forarm in relation to your putter shaft. Putting only!…

    • November 13, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      If you are ever in doubt just look at either the best golf swing (Tiger 2001-2003) or the best putter (Ben Crenshaw) and see what they did or are doing. It looks like his back arm is pretty close to parallel to the putter shaft. I have never thought of this in all the time I have played. I just cannot see how this is or isn’t going to make you a great putter. When I was putting 1 to 4 hours per day I was a phenomenal putter.

  4. January 4, 2015


    Hi Paul,

    In a 2011 putting tip you talked about having an open stance except for the shoulders. In this one you don’t mention that. Is the open stance still recommended?


    • January 4, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I don’t think I was talking about it in this tip because I talked about it in the specific putting alignment tip.

      I prefer a slightly open stance when you set up. This means stance is open, hips and shoulders are square. This is not to say there haven’t been amazing putters with a closed stance. Just lay a club on the green as you practice to see how you are aligned and make sure no matter how you set up the hips and shoulders are parallel to the club on the ground.

  5. I have joined recently,I am happy with your tips.All I want to know can I down load and watch your tips?Do I have access to your Viedeo collection?so that I can down load your Viedeo and watch whenever I am free.

    • January 9, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      You cannot download the tips. If I allowed people to do that they would spread them around the internet and it would make this site pointless.

      You can download my Swing Machine Golf videos if you purchased them. These products take you step-by-step through my full swing and short game techniques as well as specialty shots. You can find out more here: http://swingmachinegolf.com/ If you decide to purchase them there is a 25% off code in the members area or contact us and we will end it to you.

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