Only 15% of golfers can aim like this. How to find out if you’re one of them

How well can you see straight ahead? It’s a fun question, but an important one that GOLF Top 100 teacher Kevin Weeks will help answer.


Every golfer is built differently, from head to toe. That’s why golf swings are different and why some tips work better for certain golfers than others. It affects everything you do with a golf club, from the way you swing and even how you see the line of your putt on the green.

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In a recent chat with GOLFTEC’s Nick Clearwater, Kevin Weeks, also a GOLF Top 100 Instructor, dropped an interesting tidbit: Based on Weeks’ research, only 15 percent of golfers aligned their putter best with their feet, knees and shoulders parallel to the finish line. Aligning by getting everything “perpendicular” to the finish line is generally the traditional method, but Weeks points to Jack Nicklaus as the prime example of the opposite. Nicklaus faced his putter in an “open” position, with his feet and shoulders pointing to the left of his target line.

“I once tutored a Tour player who used his past to build the ball,” says Weeks. “He was looking straight ahead, so I didn’t care. Everyone has their place where they can see straight ahead.”

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How to figure out where to see straight ahead — and therefore better aim for the greens — Weeks says to place a series of dots in a straight line a foot apart. Then take your setup. Move further and closer to the ball, shifting your feet and body until the dots on the floor look like they are in a straight line.

“Because we all have different eye curves, everyone’s eyes pull a little differently,” explains Weeks. “That’s how you find your straight line, so as you build it becomes easier to aim and roll your ball down that line.”

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Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role, he oversees the brand’s game enhancement content spanning instruction, gear, health and fitness across all GOLF multimedia platforms.

A graduate of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina-Beaufort golf team, where he helped rank them #1 on the NAIA national rankings, Luke relocated to New York in 2012 to complete his master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University make . His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

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