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Does a golf putter have a sweet spot? Absolutely, like every golf club has a sweet spot, and how can you find that more regularly using these drills that I’m going to show you here. To start with, it’s great to identify where the sweet spot is in your putter just by taking a ball and just simply bouncing it across the face, so I can drop it in different areas; and in certain areas it sounds different and it feels different and it doesn’t vibrate the club quite so much. So I can bounce the ball up and down in certain spots and think, “Well, yeah that’s my sweet spot.” And it’s normally the size of around about a small coin and it should really be in the middle of the putter. You would suggest the putter designer would have probably done something wrong if the sweet spot isn’t in the middle or isn’t directly behind the white line that’s on the back of your putter to help you aim. So I have an aiming line, and behind that really should be my sweet spot.

So, I’ve got two little exercises to show you; one I’ve got set up on the ground here, and one that you could just try out at home. What you could is get yourself some blu-tacks, some little sort of rubber plasticine blu-tack and position two strips; one towards to toe side and one towards the heel side leaving the blank area in the middle of your putter completely free and that blank area would be the areas around the sweet spot. Then set that up and try and hit a few putts. And if you’re consistently striking the middle of your putter you won’t interfere with the blu-tack or the plasticine and the ball will roll out nice and smoothly. But if you are hitting the plasticine on the toe or the blu-tack on the heel, then you would notice that it would a big difference. And it think visually that looks really nice, you’ll look down and you’ll see the sweet spot and it helps you focus on staying in the zone to hit that middle area.

Another really good exercise here if you don’t have any blu-tack or plasticine with you is just to set a couple of tee pegs up, then you notice the tee pegs are just slightly wide of the my putter, so if my putter to get through those tee peg holes I have to be really centered to the golf ball. If I push to far to one side, yes the ball would hit the heel but I would also hit the tee peg and notice that. And likewise if the ball came too far -- sorry, the putter came too far to this side, I would hit the ball from the toe but I would also hit the tee pegs.

So putting maybe 20 balls through this little gate will really help me focus on the club moving backwards and forwards. A couple of other good things to focus on for yourself here making sure that you’re setting in good comfortable position so you’re not reaching for the ball but you’re not too turned. And then also keep the body and particularly the head really stable. If the head and the body are really stable your stroke will come back through to the same position more regularly. If your head and your body are moving too much your stroke would be inconsistent and you would miss the middle.

So everything is really nicely lined up through that gate back and forwards with a good stroke and I know I struck the ball out of the middle because I didn’t hit the tee peg on this side and I didn’t hit the tee peg on this side. Just to know that I wasn’t aiming for the hole at all, I wasn’t lining up and I think that’s quite a good thing when you make the stroke is don’t necessarily aim for a hole, don’t judge it by whether it went in or not, judge it by where it came on the club face and how did it sound, and how did it feel. That will help you hit your putter sweet spot more regularly.