Why Throw the Ball To the Target When Putting?

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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 “Why Throw the Ball To the Target When Putting?”

  1. Hi Paul. So are you trying to estimate roughly where to land the ball so that it starts to slow down at the hole. A local pro had me
    put with my eyes closed trying to imagine the ball traveling about 3/4 of the way and then slow down for that last 25% of the length…on uphill puts…different on downhill putts…maybe 50-50%…but it all had to do with putting a certain distance and then gradually slow down the rest of the way. It was quite surprising how well I did with my eyes closed.


    • Danny,

      Don’t overanalyze it. It’s a throwing motion that is hard enough to get the ball to the hole. You are not even thinking about where you are landing it. Your mind can calculate this in a milli-second. Look at the target and throw the ball. Then remember this feeling and apply it to your putts.


      The Secret to Great Putting: https://ignitiongolf.com/putting-stroke

  2. By the way,I love checking for a new tip right before going to sleep at night. I know it’s early for you out in Nevada, but it’s great seeing a tip at 11pm EST. So of completes my day..Thanks again..DB

  3. Excellent tip ,Paul,it reminds you THE right hand is THE “engine “and THE left hand THE “steering wheel “.for me THE “touch”is in THE right hand and iI try to keep THE back of THE left hand low in THE direction of THE hole (or Whatever I am aiming at ).As some other membres of IGNITION GOLF suggest .putting eyes closed or left eye closed does oblige you to concentrate on feel.That’s why I keep my wrists loose to get that feel .

    • Raymond,

      Glad you liked it.

      IF you are right handed you certainly do get the touch in the right hand. You can try putting with your eyes closed. I have never done this.

  4. I am left handed playing golf right handed. I think this tip is very good because I tried it using my right hand for the throwing motion with good results!

    • Wesley,

      That’s great that you liked it. It’s quite simple. If it gives you a good feel please keep doing it.

  5. July 10, 2013


    Putting with the left eye closed, huh? I may have to try that.

    • Lance,

      Give it a try. I have never putted with my eyes closed. It’s all about practice. Spend hours putting using my technique and you will great. Start searching for the answer and trying all sorts of things and you will be mediocre at best.

  6. Hi Paul,

    When I practice “throwing” the ball, I’m aware that I use my wrist some in the throwing motion. When I putt, I try to keep my wrists locked (except for long putts), and use my shoulders to create the arc motion. Should we allow for wrist movement or not?


    • Richard,

      There is minimal wrist action when putting. Just get the “feeling” of throwing and don’t overanalyse it. If you feel like you are throwing you are doing what I want you to do.

  7. When I practice with my right hand throwing toward the hole, I find myself looking at the putter blade too. I know my putter head is square to the hole, but I don’t seem to hit the ball into the hole. Question: How do I take my focus off my right hand?

    I’m very happy with your instruction and hope to improve my golf even at 68 years old.


  8. October 4, 2017


    Does the grip change if your are using an oversized grip on your putter?

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      October 4, 2017

      Paul Wilson


      No. I find a wider putter grip even better for getting the thumbs down the flat surface. I am using a Super Stroke Pistol and love it.

  9. March 24, 2018


    Paul, when I putt I find my line and use the logo or lettering to use as line to line up the putt, than just make a good stroke and just worry about distance control. This technique makes sense because when you throw something to a target your not really thinking anything, your body just does it. You don’t think how far back to swing your arm etc. (I think I am answering my own question as I write this) so would it be better to not use line and just look and think of throwing the ball to the hole. Take all the thoughts of keeping putter square, how hard to hit it etc, and just stand up and “throw” it to the hole. Or still use the line and use the throwing motion for distance

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      March 25, 2018

      Paul Wilson


      I line up the logo too. Once I feel set I then start to think of the right palm and throwing it. As you said, if you do a throwing motion you are not even thinking about how to do it. Just give this a try and see how it compares to what you are doing. So many people get hung up on the stroke. If they don’t do it perfectly they are a nervous wreck. Clear your mind and just let it happen. This tip might help:

      Putting – Wiggle Drill: https://ignitiongolf.com/putting-wiggle-drill/

  10. October 26, 2019


    Hi Paul

    As the hands are inside the ball to target line, shouldn’t the hands be “thrown” parallel left of the target; it seems to me that moving the hands towards the target will always make the ball roll to the right of the target?

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      November 2, 2019

      Paul Wilson


      Your hands are only a few inches inside the putter head. I throw to the target. If you want to throw 3-4 inches left then try it and see if it works. I bet it won’t.

  11. Hi Paul, I think throwing the ball to the hole takes a lot of the technical issues out of the swing which is great! When I actually throw the ball to the hole I use some wrist. Is it acceptable to use the wrists while actually making the putt? Thanks!

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