Sharpie

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.

7 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.

  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.

  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!

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