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Why Do Some Players Putt Cross HandedMost of the fundamentals in golf will get less attention paid to them the more you play, yet it is these building blocks that will ultimately determine the fate of your golf ball.

When it comes to putting, one of the most important fundamentals is the alignment of your shoulders. With a conventional putting grip, your trailing hand is lower than the lead hand and pushes your shoulder line open to your target.

By swapping your hands around and you putting your lead hand lower than your trailing hand, your shoulder line naturally becomes square and is now parallel to your target. This will allow you to make your pendulum style putting stroke by gently rocking your shoulders with your putter moving back and through along a parallel line, rather than swinging along a line that is open to your target.

Not only will your shoulders be in a better position by lowering your lead hand, but you will also be able to make your putting stroke without the lead wrist breaking down under pressure from your dominant trailing hand. The dominance of your trailing hand as your putter swings forward towards impact can see your lower wrist almost scooping under. This means that your lead wrist breaks down.

If your lead hand is lower than your trailing hand it becomes much more difficult for this to happen due to the trailing hand being level with your forearm. This creates a more stable wrist position and allows the back of your lead hand to move your putter through impact towards your target and also maintains your putter face position square to your aim line at impact.

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Forearm rotation in your putting stroke is a disastrous move, and creates two glaring problems. Firstly, the rotation opens and closes the putter face through the stroke, and this reduces the probability of your putter face being square to your aim line at impact. The second problem is you will create lots of power and lose control of your speed instantly.

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Keeping your putter face square has little to do with how you place your hands on the putter. As all golf swings are made by standing parallel to where you want your ball to go, there must be some arc to move the ball more than a few feet.

To keep your putter face square to target throughout your stroke you will need to tilt forward as much as you can to allow the shoulders to rock straighter back and through.

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When there is a breakdown of the wrists in your putting stroke it is the trailing wrist that performs a scooping action towards the ball and not the lead wrist. By switching your hands around on the handle you make it much more difficult for the trailing wrist to perform this action due to the resistance of the lead forearm.