Touring professionals work endlessly on distance management when placing. To putt like a professional, the 2 most vital facets of distance management are:
- Hitting your putt persistently within the heart of the membership.
- Sustaining the sense of even tempo again and thru and matching the space you’re taking the putter again with the space you comply with via
We’ve got all seen the tee drill that the professionals use to assist with hitting strong putts. This drill not solely does the identical but additionally makes you conscious and helps you deal with path and distance management.
Get that dozen of your favourite golf balls you bought not too long ago, and let’s use them as a educating help. Begin with a straight 5 or 6-foot putt which, by tour requirements, is made roughly 70 p.c of the time.
Set 2 sleeves parallel to one another, leaving anyplace from 1 / 4 to an eighth of an inch from the toe and heel of your putter head (Picture 1). Then, set the field behind the outlet roughly one foot (Picture 2).
Observe making strokes with out hitting the edges of the sleeves, which can prepare your eyes, arms and shoulders what a straight again and straight via path and hitting the ball within the heart of the putter face appears like. Even in case you are an open-and-closed arc putter, you continue to must hold the face sq. via the hitting space the size of a sleeve of balls (Three pack)!
When you’ve mastered the trail and “centerness” of hit, take note of tempo and size of stroke. We do that with the sock to sock drill (Picture 3). The juniors in our program turned us on to the Stance sock craze and we now have used that to create this enjoyable however efficient visible and bodily train to enhance your placing stroke. We wish to have the sense that you just match the space you’re taking the putter again with the space you comply with via. Therefore, sock to sock (Photographs 4-5).
We see gamers both take the putter again actually brief and speed up or push the ball to the outlet, or take it again lengthy and cease or hit on the ball. Both manner results in inconsistency in distance management. You additionally wish to concentrate on a fair tempo going again and thru, both a brief and quick tempo, á la Brett Snedeker — or a protracted, easy stroke like a Ben Crenshaw and Phil Mickelson. The fact of what’s occurring on this drill is that the putter head will journey just a little farther than you’re taking it again on account of momentum and the precise velocity via might be double the velocity going again. However, you wish to FEEL like you’re matching the space and velocity you’re going again with the space and velocity you’re going via.
Now, put all of it along with this drill arrange (Photographs 6-8). Discover the mixture of size of stroke and tempo with out hitting the sleeves of balls and going previous the field on the 30 p.c of putts chances are you’ll miss throughout this train. Transfer the sleeves again farther and farther to work on lag placing. The one final mechanical tip is, hold your head down and really hear for the putt to drop into the outlet.