Instruction: How Important Is Face Angle When You Putt?

Having an open or closed putter face when you putt; does it matter? If so, how much?

Those who study putting like Dave Pelz will tell you that face angle contributes as much as 83% to the starting line of your putts (clubhead oath contributing most of the other part) so controlling it is important.

Getting the right start line, along with distance control, and green reading, are among the the critical skills that contribute to the ability to make putts.

This something you want to consider when you finally get outside to play but as many of you practice putting indoors over the Winter, why not start now? A little education can go a long way.

You need to pay very close attention to the face angle of your putter at impact with the ball if you want to control your start line and have the best opportunity to make more putts. After all, there are many factors that can impact your putting success, nothing guarantees a made putt, so we just want to give ourselves a chance.

Face angle control is critical in order for you to make putts. Even a small variance can have a great impact.

As you can see from the TrackMan slide below, there is a wider tolerance when you are closer to the hole (+/- 2 degrees from five feet) but that drops to half at ten feet. Add in more factors like imperfections in the surface over a longer path and you can see why your ability to make putts gets more difficult as you move further away from the hole.

Pay close attention to the face angle as you practice. This is something that is also measurable when you work with a coach who has the right tools.

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