The infamous sharpie line! Friend or enemy? Do you use it? Or do you use it as a mental form of torture for you and your playing partners.

I find most golfers spend more time worrying about the line then they do anything else. The other issue is you second guess whether the line is properly lined up to your intended target once you’re over the ball. It always looks so different so you don’t fully commit to the putt.

Well if this sounds familiar then watch today’s quick little fix to learn how to steady you’re eyes and focus on putting the best stroke on the ball.

17 Responses to Sharpie

  1. Ianoue November 21, 2016 at 2:08 pm #

    Practised this today. “Seemed” to help. Will let you know after Wed outing. Thanks!

    • Dan Tanner February 27, 2017 at 11:41 am #

      I also have a dot on the center of the top of my putter face focusing on hitting this dot to the dot on the ball and a spot 2 inches in front of the ball. Doing this really helps with pulls and pushes.

  2. John Butcher February 26, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

    I like the line but will try the dot. I actually draw the 90 degree line from the template as well, which helps me align the putter to the line more squarely.

  3. Caleb February 27, 2017 at 1:20 pm #

    You should instead use the Check Go Pro to balance and put a line completely around the ball, now you have a more accurate “line up” of the direction you want your putt to go. This also helps in squaring up the putter to the ball. Now you can forget about the line and just concentrate on the speed.

  4. Ron Sisson April 20, 2017 at 10:31 am #

    100 % correct. The line leads to endless indecision and second guessing, not to mention the added time it takes set it up, step back and check it, re-tweak it, step back again, see that you over-tweaked it, readjust it again, only to then several minutes later, stand over it, completely uncommitted to your putt, and make a second guess stab at it instead of a putting stroke and roll it 4 feet by… aaannnd then repeat the whole process over again. On anything other than a dead straight putt, the speed is going to affect the amount of break the putt actually takes. So even if you get the line exactly right and the putter is dead square to the sharpie line and you make a stroke that puts the ball exactly on the line you’ve chosen, too much pace and you’ve hit it through the break. Too little pace, and it bleeds off and you miss it low. Spend 90% of your practice on pace control and getting your feel for speed down pat. While the line is important, it is not even remotely as important as having control of your speed.

    • Jim Zelazny October 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm #

      Right you are, RS! And it’s maddening to watch and endure – especially if are in the group behind this ‘professional’ 4-some… ???

  5. Dave April 20, 2017 at 10:34 am #

    Thanks for this tip. I’m against using this line for two additional reasons: 1) in my opinion, it violates the Rules of Golf (8.2. Indicating Line of Play) and 2) it slows play when a player repeatedly marks, adjusts the line and re-marks the ball. We’ve all seen this done by pros on TV. As for the Rules, here’s the text:

    8-2. Indicating Line of Play

    a. Other Than on Putting Green
    Except on the putting green, a player may have the line of play indicated to him by anyone, but no one may be positioned by the player for that purpose on or close to the line or an extension of the line beyond the hole while the stroke is being made. Any mark placed by the player or with his knowledge, for the purpose of indicating the line of play, must be removed before the stroke is made.

    Exception: Flagstick attended or held up – see Rule 17-1.

    b. On the Putting Green
    When the player’s ball is on the putting green, the line of putt may be indicated before, but not during, the stroke by the player, his partner or either of their caddies; in doing so the putting green must not be touched. A mark must not be placed anywhere for the purpose of indicating a line of putt.

    • Jeff July 19, 2017 at 8:33 am #

      Rule 8-2 is referring to the line of play, as in having someone place a mark on the green for you to putt over or standing behind you during your stroke to make sure you’re on line. Using a line on the ball is no different than noticing a brown spot on the green a couple inches in front of you that you will aim for.

    • Caleb August 23, 2017 at 1:44 pm #

      It is not against the rules yet, but it might be in 2019. If what you said were true, they would have DQ’d most of the pros, who have some sort of line on their balls. The mark not placed anywhere is referring to the green, I am guessing; at least they have not ruled against this yet.

  6. Lanneau Smith June 14, 2017 at 9:30 am #

    I totally agree! Watch the Pro’s who use this line! How many times do you see them line the ball up and then get over the putt and stop and mark it again and line it up. I think it’s adding more delays! I think your idea of a single dot makes a lot of sense!

  7. Owensby July 16, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

    That would make every titlest pro V1 out of play because it has a line with arrows for directional play. Most people use a line all the way around the ball for identification, as I do . The rule you suggest refers to a line in front of the ball that is touched by you or anybody in your group either behind or in front through the line of the hole

  8. Rob July 17, 2017 at 5:38 am #

    Can’t wait to try it. Thanks!

  9. jamie July 17, 2017 at 6:20 am #

    I agree with the single dot but would position it on the back of the ball directly opposite the line of play. Although this is somewhat an alignment aid, it is not that precise and seldom if ever requires realigning. It does keep a single focus and the focus is the spot on the ball where you want the putter to contact the ball. I actually don’t use the dot, but rather place the alignment line already on the ball on the back of the ball, mostly below the equator.

  10. Jim Foy August 10, 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    So, if it violates Rule 8.2, why can the pros use it in competition and not be penalized?

  11. Joe Perez August 23, 2017 at 8:49 am #

    I use a line, but it’s more relevant to me when lining up my DRIVER than my putter. On the green, I’ll line it up just as initial reference, but after having a *real* good look at the line, I’ll use it as a “guide” (juuuuust a little to the right of where the line is pointing, etc.).

  12. Butch E. August 23, 2017 at 11:14 am #

    FWIW: I see no need for a line or a dot. If you can read the greens, know how to putt, then all you need is a ball.

  13. Fred Closs February 13, 2018 at 9:08 am #

    Dave Pelz has studied it and his data shows those that use a line putt 20% better than those that do not use a line. Those that use a red line, putt 20% than those that use any other color of line. I use a line.

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