Although the forward press in putting is a matter of preference, it has always been my style to use one, and I recommend you give it a try. By nudging your hands toward the target a couple of inches before starting your takeaway, you'll find it easier to return at impact with your hands ahead of the ball -- a real key to maintaining the ideal amount of clubface loft and making the ball roll smoothly.
The forward press also will signal you to keep your hands moving toward the target during the forward stroke, instead of stopping and allowing the clubhead to pass your hands, which adds loft and often changes the face angle. No good player lets that happen. Finally, the forward press can help you at the start to establish good tempo and rhythm, which are as important in putting as they are in the full swing.
After you take your set-up, your hands should be directly over the ball (far left). To forward press, move them an inch or two up the target line (right).
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