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Foot Line and its importance in the setup position. Have you ever paid attention to your foot line at address in your stance during your putts? Do you understand what can take place with a stance that's aimed to left, right , closed and or open? Well.... What i'm seeing often during putting lessons, is too many golfers setting up the foot line too far left, or right in what would be parallel or square to the target line. This can cause many issues through impact resulting in pulls and pushed putts. I want to simplify what can happen when the foot line isn't square to the target line. When a foot line becomes too far left, most likely a player will tend to pull the ball on a path parallel with the foot line. When a foot line is aimed too far to the right, a player can push a putt parallel with their foot line. What we want is the foot line to be parallel to the line or hole we intend to hit the putt to. If a player isn't setup square or parallel to the correct line in which they want to start the putt, who knows what could go wrong. Pushes and or pulls can take place along that misaligned path. In edition to problematic path concerns (in the foot line), sometimes a golfer will manipulate their path of stroke to counter act for their foot line. (Overcompensation can take place in where you set right with your foot line and over compensate pulling the putt left of the hole and vice versa). Long term this will drive you nuts. Especially on the shorties. So... Make sure you practice getting the foot line square and parallel to your intended target line or hole location and work at keeping the hands and arms working with the correct aligned body. Proper aligned setup especially with the foot line is paramount. This is the natural geometry and physics in keeping the putter face square to its intended line being that all other areas ( the shoulder line, arms and grip ) are in order. What you can do? Practice this hitting 50/100 putts from a distance of 5 to 10 feet so that you naturally gravitate your body to set up square and or parallel to the intended target line. I promise you, you'll be more successful and start more putts on the correct line, when the foot line is in order from the starting foundation at set up. Keep on strong players! - James Jordan
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