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.
You can play by yourself against par or (preferably) take on an opponent in a friendly game. The rules are simple: Choose a putt of 20 or more feet. If you miss go to your ball and “draw” it back 34 inches (the length of a standard putter) farther from the hole. Then try to sink that one for a two-putt par. If you’re playing a friend use match-play scoring. Take turns selecting the next “hole” always choosing putts of no less than 20 feet.
It’s a highly effective shot—but there’s an alternative. This tight-lie solution illustrated in the photo below works best for shots that don’t involve a carry over a hazard or an obstacle shots in which you’ll want the ball to stay low and run to the pin.