If you make contact on the toe of the putter this will cause the face to open in relation to your aim point.
Similarly, if the contact is made on the heel of the putter this will cause the face to close in relation to your aim point.
To prevent what is referred to as Gear Effect, when off center contact causes the face of a club to turn open or closed, practice the Gate Drill. Set up: Place a pair of tees on the outer edges of your putter.
Make a few practice swings without a ball, until you can consistently make the stroke without making contact with the tees on the ground.This drill will take getting used to. However, you will definitely start seeing a difference in how the ball comes off the club face with a much softer feeling and a much more consistent roll with direction and speed.
Gate Drill by Chris Spalla, Lead Instructor at the Brad Brewer Golf Academy at Rosen Shingle Creek. Call today to work with Chris, 407.996.3306!