Tip: Straighten out your putting stroke from home on the carpet

52 Ways To Lower Your golf score without practiceTip #42  from my book, “Break 80! 52 Ways To Lower Your Golf Score Without Practice is another simple thing that you can do in the comfort of your own home, to dramatically improve your putting stroke!

Greens and Fairways,


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42.      Make more of those 4-foot putts

Woman PuttingAmateur golfers get so wrapped up in tweaking their putting mechanics so that they hit the ball along their target line, and rightfully so.

The problem, however, is that they forget that a big reason for missed putts is not just the aim and follow through.  Having a ball that rolls true, or, end over end without any sidespin is just as important.

This is so easy to permanently fix and you can and should do this at home on your living room carpet.

Get one of those $3 plastic templates that snaps over the ball and helps you to put a perfect line around the ball.Golf Ball Liner


There are battery-operated devices that actually will find the natural balance point of every individual ball for this line.

Putt with ONLY the INTENTION of getting the ball to roll perfectly without wobble.

DO NOT putt to a target. The line you drew on the ball will give you the exact feedback you need to monitor your efforts as you watch it roll across the floor.

As I mentioned in the forward of this book, the point here is to isolate out and train one thing at a time and then move on to the next tip.

When you are able to make the ball roll true, stop and go over what you did right for a minute.  When you putt and the line wobbles, forget that you ever hit that putt and start fresh.

Putting on carpet tipContinue to reinforce to your mind what you do correctly and that you want more of those putts.

That night as you go to sleep, you will be replaying those visions of golf balls rolling pure from a precision stroke.

If you did just this trick for a few times a week with INTENTION as described here, you will cut your 4-10 foot misses by a third.

  • I tried this “drawing a line on the ball ” method a long time ago.It doesn’t help your putting at all !
    Better train your putting by teaching yourself the feel of it by learning to put with each hand/arm individually .When you resume putting with the two hands on the handle you will see the difference .Drill taught to me by great putter LOREN ROBERTS .

    • Craig Sigl says:

      Hi Mbwa,

      Don’t mistake what I am advocating here. When I am out on the course, I DONT use a lined ball. It tends to distract me and I found that if I am not careful with the line, I can easily line it up incorrectly and miss because of that. What I AM saying is that you can teach yourself through this lined ball to hit a pure-rolling ball. In other words, use the lined ball to putt on the carpet WITHOUT putting toward anything in particular but just to get feedback on whether you put sidespin on the ball on your stroke and then make the adjustment. That’s the value. There’s no way that won’t help every putter to at least test their roll once in a while to see if they have developed a non-pure roll. Your tip is a good one but irrelevant to the lesson here. Thanks for commenting.
      Greens and Fairways,


  • Laren says:

    Great tip Craig. I have used the extended line on the ball for several years to help my putting.

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