Putting – The Pirate Ship

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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+

21 Responses to “Putting – The Pirate Ship”

  1. September 2, 2015


    Hi Paul. I’ve had the yips on and off and found that holding the back stroke for an instant helps smooth out my putting stroke. Do you see any disadvantage to that fix? Also, I’ve tried left hand low periodically, but it seems difficult to gauge speed on longer putts. What’s your opinion of the reverse handed, left hand low technique. It sure works for Spieth!

    Thanks, Ron

    • September 3, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Yips are you trying to hit the ball. Think beyond the ball. Can you throw a ball? If so you can putt. You are not thinking throw you are thinking hit. Think throw and you will eliminate yips. You do not need to change your grip. You need to putt as I am explaining it. You are over thinking it and trying to hit the ball.

  2. September 2, 2015


    I have solved ,as far as I am concerned ,the dilemma about placing the hands on the handle ,when putting :the right hand overlaps nearly completely the left :the right pinkie is in the groove between left hand pinkie and the left ” annular “:the right ” annular ” is in the groove between the left ” annular and the left ” major ” etc,etc….Nô hand is really dominant ,and the ” feel ” is in the back OF the left hand and the FINGERS OF the right hand .The distançe Contrôl is in THE stéréoscopic vision OF the two eyes .To be sure you don’ t misread ,you have to put with the non dominant eye closed .
    For chipping ,I do exactly the same .

  3. September 2, 2015


    Greetings Coach Should the length of the back putting stroke be the same as the follow through stroke? Or on longer putts should the follow through stroke be longer so as not to decelerate the putter ?

    • September 3, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      I would like the through swing a little longer than the backstroke so you keep accelerating. Just check it. If you trying to keep them even you are thinking stroke which is what I want you to avoid thinking about.

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    September 3, 2015


    Hi Paul, I enjoyed this putting tip a lot. It makes perfect sense. A smooth swing is key to all shots and clubs and putting is dependent on it for consistency.
    I am playing at the Magnolia in WDW soon, and looking forward to using this and other great tips I have practiced. Cheers!

    • September 3, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Magnolia was a tough track back in the day. Should be fun. Glad you liked the tip.

  5. September 25, 2015



    I don’t have too much difficulty using the pendulum swing. My tendency is to push the putt to the right of the target. Subsequently I over compensate and pull my putts left of target.

    How can I practice keeping the blade square to target.



  6. this video is posted in the “HOW TO” of the Greenside Bunker section.

  7. July 22, 2018



    Quick question about putting I haven’t seen addressed. When you are reading the lie and aiming for the pro side of the hole, do you position your feet in parallel to the hole and just change the angle of your putter or do you shift your stance as well so that your feet are parallel to where the putter is aiming


    • Craig,

      You would be aiming your whole body at the target line. This many be parallel to it or slightly open or closed depending on how you set up to a normal straight putt. So if it breaks a foot left imagine the whole is 1 foot right of where it actually is then address it as normal. I imagine and X on the ground at the breaking point.

  8. I am practicing my putting now. I went to a 3 hour putting clinic last week. Is it true that a face-balanced putter, like my ping maillot, should use a straight back and forth putting stroke while a toe-balanced putter, like my Cleveland blade, should use an arc stroke? Also the pro told me that the back swing should be longer than the follow through putting stroke while I have been working on a shorter back swing and a slightly longer follow through putting stroke based on your video. Which should be longer or should they be the same length? And finally, do you think plumb bobbing is a good technique to read a green? If yes, do you have a video on it and if not would you create a video on plumb bobbing? Thanks!

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      March 31, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      It is impossible to take a putter straight back and straight through unless your body was parallel to the ground and the putter was bent to 90 degrees. I wish people would quit telling people to do this. They should know better.

      All strokes follow an arc. The follow through should be longer than the backswing so point 2 is also wrong. If your backswing is longer you will decelerate which no pro does (unless they are putting poorly).

      Not sure about plumb bobbing. Some like it. If it really was accurate wouldn’t everyone be doing it? You can do it if you want. I do not have a tip on it and will not do one.

      You need to watch my putting tips asap.

      The Secret to Great Putting: https://ignitiongolf.com/putting-stroke/
      How to Feel the Throwing Motion: https://ignitiongolf.com/putting-feel-throwing-motion/

      Fir more just type in putting at the right side of the red navigation bar.

  9. Thanks, Paul. I have watched all your putting videos now and am trying to be target oriented with a smooth follow through using the throw the ball idea and a shorter back swing, as you advise. Thanks again. I am hoping that next week I can start to practice my short chips too as I have just passed the half way mark to full recovery on my rotator cuff surgery.

  10. January 3, 2020


    I think I would be considered a shoulder putter because I feel that is my power source.
    My question is the movement of the arms and shoulders, should they be moving at the
    same speed?
    Sometimes I fell that the movement of the shoulders causes my lower body to move
    slightly and maybe I am too shoulder oriented.


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      January 12, 2020

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, if you are doing a pendulum strike everything would be moving together. If you feel your lower body is moving then you can do this drill:

      DRILL: How To Keep Your Body Stable When You Putt: https://ignitiongolf.com/body-stable-putting/

      No matter how long the putt your lower body should be stable.

  11. There are exceptions to the putting “pendulium stroke “.
    BRANDT SNEDECKER comes to mind ,he restricts his follow through after stroking the ball.
    So did excellent putter BOBBY LOCKE with his unorthodox stroke

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      January 12, 2020

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, there are always exceptions. I wouldn’t teach anyone to do that though. Plus, if you did it a different way and weren’t an exceptional putter I would have the person change it.

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