I often run into people having difficulty putting due to the inconsistency in the length of their putting stroke. Many amateurs have a tendency to take the putter too far back on the backstroke and then stop their putter upon impact with the ball. This type of putting stroke normally leads to decelerating the putter causing a change in the club face angle just prior to and at impact. I think many people feel that once the ball has been struck that the stroke is finished. So, how can you ensure that you accelerate the putter and follow through after impact? One of the best ways I have found to help ensure acceleration is to shorten the backstroke. By shortening the backstroke you will encourage yourself to to swing the putter forward with more speed to get the ball to the hole. As the putter speeds up on the forward stroke it will help to maintain a square putter face leading to more consistent results.
The next time you are on the practice green try taking the putter back a shorter distance. You should find that it will encourage you to accelerate the putter on the forward stroke leading to a longer follow through and more consistent results. As always, good luck and let me know if you have any questions!
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