By drawing your misses back 34 inches you leave yourself with the kinds of money putts you’ll be facing throughout the round: those all-important 3- to 12-footers. Draining those “must makes” during Drawback will give you some putting mojo to take to the course.
Understanding the parameters of a problem is the first step in turning a weakness in your game into a strength so let’s define what we mean by tight lie. My definition of a tight lie is when the golf ball is sitting with an eighth of an inch or less space beneath it on a surface so firm you can’t take a normal divot.
We’ll often add a Pelz Teacher Pointer (the device you see attached to my flatstick in the photos at left) which makes checking face angle and path a no-brainer. In the top sequence at left I’ve made a traditional arc stroke. You can see on this straight putt how far to the right of the cup the face points as I swing the putter to the inside on my backstroke.
Continue swinging your hands arms and lower body together into a relaxed follow-through (far right photo) with your weight balanced over your left side and your grip pressure as light as it was at setup.
Get synchronized with your upper and lower body moving as a unit. Smoothly decelerate the club once the ball is on its way. Your finish should only be slightly longer than your backswing. Hold your finish position until the ball lands on the green. It’s a good way to instill balance in your overall motion.