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.
To begin grip down very slightly on a low-loft club (in the photo I’m using a 6-iron). This effectively raises the bottom of your swing arc. Center the ball in your stance with your hands just in front of it at address.
That stat which comes from putting studies I’ve done using PGA Tour ShotLink data should scare you. Say you face 12 putts of 30 or more feet per round (which is about right for a mid-handicapper).
If after a few swipes you feel substantial resistance and can’t get the club through the grass with good speed then this isn’t the lie from which to flop. Abort! Hit a safer pitch. (For all of Phil’s thrills he only flops it when he’s comfortable doing so.)
What a competitive golfer cares about most is starting the ball on line. To them that’s a job well done whether or not the ball finds the cup. Combined with a good read and proper pace starting the ball in your intended direction translates into a ton of makes whether you’re a major winner or a 16-handicap.