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flared front foot for putting?


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#1 gsteitz

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:20 PM

Not sure where this should go, but instructional seemed to make sense.

Lately I've been experimenting with a flared out left foot in my putting stance (right handed, left eye dominant) and I feel it gives me a much better view of the intended line.  I know many outstanding putters have utilized an open stance, but typically it just involves dropping the lead foot back while keeping the the toes pointed straight.  This approach feels a bit confused to me and I feel more comfortable with a square stance and a flared foot.

I certainly know many will say do whatever works, but I'm just curious if anyone one else employs this method or additionally has pros and cons on it.  Cheers!


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:46 PM

While it isn't something that would be comfortable for me, I think its completely fine as long as you keep your shoulders square.

I used to have an open stance, but now I am square with my feet really close together, like Rickie Fowler, and its by far the most comfortable way I've ever done it.

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 03:03 PM

Nothing wrong with a flared foot or an open stance.

I always have the foot flared and vary the openness of my stance depending on what feels natural for the break.

I can't have my feet square in the stance as its too "produced" and does not feel natural.  Putting is all about feeling comfortable and natural.

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:41 AM

I like to do the opposite (turn the left foot inwards). To each their own!

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 12:45 AM

Putt how you want, its the only thing you can reasonably do outside the textbook


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 06:06 AM

View Postgsteitz, on 11 January 2018 - 01:20 PM, said:

Not sure where this should go, but instructional seemed to make sense.

Lately I've been experimenting with a flared out left foot in my putting stance (right handed, left eye dominant) and I feel it gives me a much better view of the intended line.  I know many outstanding putters have utilized an open stance, but typically it just involves dropping the lead foot back while keeping the the toes pointed straight.  This approach feels a bit confused to me and I feel more comfortable with a square stance and a flared foot.

I certainly know many will say do whatever works, but I'm just curious if anyone one else employs this method or additionally has pros and cons on it.  Cheers!
do it....
Eye dominance will play a big part in staying “square” or setting a little open.
Long putts especially


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 09:38 PM

Not sure if a flared front foot means much, unless it ultimately results in a change to shoulders (which may follow and be open).

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:18 PM

Whatever feels most comfortable will be best. Id say as long as your shoulders stay square and don't open up too much, you'll be ok. Putting isn't a science. I flare my right foot when hitting short irons/wedges as well.

Edited by Conjohnson, 12 January 2018 - 10:25 PM.


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 10:39 PM

I feel more comfortable doing it.  Basically, I use the same stance as the full swing (not as much flare in the putting stance though...)

Edited by bogeypro, 12 January 2018 - 10:40 PM.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:45 PM

Sounds like Nicklaus! He was left eye dominant.  Whatever works to get the ball in the hole.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 08:59 PM

I don't think it matters much, whatever is comfortable. Just make sure the putter face is square to the target at impact.
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:01 PM

Both feet flared open works for me.  I see the line better.
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 01:42 PM

Putting is all about feel. Whatever helps you make more putts stick with that!
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 08:05 PM

Same here, right handed and left eye dominant. I am basically square on short putts and progressively more open as I get farther away. Just feels more comfortable and helps me keep my swing from getting 'stuck' on longer pendulums.
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 12:53 PM

Comfort and your "natural" stance aside, there are two mechanical reasons for flaring the front foot, and with putting they are somewhat contradictory.

One reason is as part of opening up a bit so as to see the line and/or target better, which is a VERY big deal in putting and well worth trying.  But the other reason to flare the front foot with the full golf swing, of course, is to help clear the left side and to make a weight shift flow more smoothly; of course, with putting, those are things you do NOT want to do.

So if you want to putt from an open stance, led by the left foot being flared, that's great, but you'll have to guard against the putting boogey man of moving more than just your shoulders and arms.


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