How To Putt in Golf: 3 Simple Key Points | Shape Your Stroke

Learning how to putt can be frustrating at times. Everyone has that friend or playing partner who seems to make everything they look at without trying.

There’s this arc and flow to their putting stoke that just seems effortless; everything seems to be very natural and comfortable, not mechanical.

I like to call this person “the putter who floats down stream.”

Then there’s the putter who works really hard, only to be left feeling frustrated, like they’re swimming upstream.

This is the person who makes putting look like a very stressful task. At times you almost feel like you have to look away when they’re grinding over a 3 footer.

So how do you become the putter who floats down stream?  It all starts with 3 simple putting stroke keys, and I can’t wait to show you!

3 Keys To Shape Your Stroke

There’s really just 3 basic movements to focus on when learning how to putt, and the great thing about them is they’re all really simple, and they all work with your body.


Letting the putter face swing slightly inside and slightly open is crucial  when learning how to putt with an arcing stroke
Let your arms swing freely from your shoulders. This is key when learning how to putt with an arcing stroke. It allows the putter to swing on a slightly inside-to-inside path.


1) Let your shoulders work around your spine in the putting stroke. The spine is the axis of your stroke; it should stay very still during the putting stroke.

When we hinge forward from the hips, a small arc or plane is created. This is why the putter will swing a little to the inside on the way back and a little to the inside on the way through.

That’s really all there is to your shoulder movement. Very, very simple.

2) Let your arms flow freely from your shoulders. This again is a very natural motion. When your arms swing from your shoulders, you’re going to notice that they also swing at a bit of an arc from the inside to the inside.

3) The last piece is not only the most important, but probably the most confusing part to understand when learning how to putt with an arcing stroke.

Be sure to pay close attention to this as you work your way through the video

This is all about what the club does. Now this may match with what you’ve heard before, and it’s more of a pendulum stroke, but it might just sound a little different.

The putter should flow freely from your wrists.

As you swing the putter back your right wrist is going to stay nice and flat, but as you swing forward the club is going to lag behind a bit.


Keeping my wrists soft allows me to let the putter lag. Now as my hands slow down I can just let the weight of the putter head release.
Keeping my wrists soft allows me to let the putter lag. Now, as my hands slow down, I can just let the weight of the putter head release.


This isn’t something you need to force, it should happen naturally as a result of relaxed wrists. From there, as your arms slow down, the putter head is going to accelerate and release itself.

That’s what people mean when they say “releasing the putter head.” That feeling actually comes from slowing down the hands a very small amount so that you can let the weight of that putter head swing past and release.

More Putting Secrets Revealed in This “Perfect Putting Technique” Premium Video:

  • More detail on the 3 Keys
  • Straight Back Straight Through Vs. Arcing Stroke (Which is Better and Why)
  • What your lower body should NOT do during the putting stroke
  • Why you shouldn’t try to pull your putter through impact


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Chuck Quinton

is the founder of the RotarySwing Tour online golf instruction learning system. He played golf professionally for 8 years and has been teaching golf since 1995 and has worked with more than 100 playing professionals who have played on the PGA, and other major tours around the world.

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