Putting Myth: Straight Back, Straight Through Pt. 2

Yesterday I introduced the myth of wanting a straight back, straight through putting stroke. We covered how the shaft tracks, the head arcs, and the face rotates. Today, we will break down what happens when we have a straight back, straight through putting stroke.

Before we analyze a straight back, straight through putting stroke, we need to understand another key element that the best putters in the world do… a consistent radius throughout the stroke.

Let’s take a look at what happens with our arms in a good putting stroke.

Elite level putters will have a consistent radius when making their putting stroke. This will allow them to have better speed control and the ball will start on their intended line more consistently.

Now that we have some understanding of what the best putters in the world do, let’s look at what happens with our putting stroke when it is straight back, straight through.


All that added motion in the arms is changing the radius throughout the entirety of one’s stroke. With the arms lengthening and shortening excessively a repeatable putting stroke is nearly impossible. Speed control will suffer greatly because it is hard to manufacture the same motion over and over. Also, the face of the putter will inconsistently rotate throughout the duration of the stroke from the elbows moving too much. This will make it hard to start the ball on line and make those close range putts.

If you want to be a good putter, do not try and make the putting stroke straight back, straight through. Remember the shaft tracks, the club head arcs, and the face rotates.


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