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Putt the Sleeve Box

by Geoff Mangum

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ZipTip: Stroke: Putt the Sleeve Box

Imagining the ball not as a round sphere but as the butt-end of a sleeve box gives you a superior sense of squaring the putterface and a sense of the starting direction of the putt.


At address, a tip to help orient the putterface and to return the putterface square for impact is to imagine that the ball lies at the bottom of an otherwise empty sleeve box, so the putterface is placed behind the flat square of the bottom of the box, and the long dimension of the box is pointed at the target. You task is to putt the ball squarely out of the opening of the imaginary box.This tip is especially helpful for short putts.

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