Putting S.O.S. Fundamentals
Solid - hit the putt solid
Online - start the putt on the target line
Speed - hit the putt the correct speed
Speed Control Creates Confidence
Call me "crazy" - I believe our bodies can learn to hit a putt the right speed if it is given the proper instructions.
This drill is about creating the instructions.
The goal is not to "try" to hit the putt the right distance. It is to hit a putt, soak in the result, and let your brain send the instructions.
Do this: Put several targets - tees, our Target Holes, etc. beginning at 10 feet. Space them a step apart.
Hit a putt at the target. Try to hit it past the target a foot or so (the Target Holes won't slow down the ball)
Take a few seconds after each putt to let your mind's eye see the result and record it.
Hit a few putts to the same target until you get it dialed in. Your brain will compute the details ... trust it :)
Go to the next targets doing the same process.
Finally, hit only one ball to each target up and down the "ladder".
Have fun with this. Relax. Don't think too much. Your brain is doing a lot of calculations - so don't confuse it :)
I've seen Tour players do this drill with their eyes closed, and say if they thought the putt was short or long before they opened their eyes.
Doing this drill will refine your hand/eye coordination and build your confidence - and that is the most important element of good putting.
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