• Speed Kills - Here's Help

    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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  • Every putting stroke has a flaw - find yours

    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

    Every stroke has a flaw

    When the heat is on, every player's stroke shows their flaw - you've seen it ... and probably felt it :(

    The tendency might be to increase grip pressure which causes the stroke to go outside the intended line.
    They can hang on and try to steer the putt, and push it at impact.
    There are all sorts of things that happen when nerves kick in ... let's change the subject.

    The Tour players and coaches I'm around know the flaw, and train to eliminate it. It is a 2 step process:
    1. Learn the tendency under pressure
    2. Train to minimize the tendency

    1. Learn your tendency. Set up a rectangle of tees.
    Make strokes and hit putts, noting which tees you hit most often. That is your tendency.

    2. Train against that tendency.
    For instance: If you tend to move the putter outside the line - either in the backswing or follow through - train using the toe of the putter for negative reinforcement. If you come inside, use the heel. 

    First, let your putter ride the rail. Then put the rail 1/2" away from your putter and make a stroke. Make strokes NOT hitting the rail.

    It's time to get "pressure-proofed."

  • Vertical Sweet Spot

    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

    The Sweet Spot is also Vertical

    It is important to hit the ball in the sweet spot of the putter, between the toe and the heel AND between the sole and top of the putter.

    Keeping the putter too low will cause you to hit the ball too high on the face. It will usually launch the ball up, and won't roll until after it stops bouncing (it take a few inches, but that is enough to mess up the putt).

    Bringing the putter up will hit the ball with the lower edge of the putter - bad contact. It is like hitting a full shot thin - it skids and is impossible to predict where it will stop :)

    Try this: hit some putts purposely hitting the ball high and low on the face until you can feel what it is to hit it in the vertical sweet spot.

    A couple of quarters behind the ball will help you raise the putter to the proper height at impact.

    Our Pendulum Putting Rod can help.

  • Indoor Training Challenge

    Charlie A. writes - "I completed my 10 straight days of putting to complete the challenge... I actually did 12 for 30 minutes minimum each day. WOW! My confidence has skyrocketed, especially on the 3-6 footers I practiced (I concentrated on this length because it is usually the range 'most' of my green side chips land).

    Anyways, I got in 2 rounds to 'test' the new-found confidence, but then it started to rain... and continues to rain... with more rain in the forecast!

    Should I re-do the drills? I actually enjoyed putting a lot so I'll probably do them again anyway. I have the tracking system... one of the originals (mirror broken and taped) but it is still functional. Any other devices you can recommend? I have an old Pro-Gear "c" groove cut to 33" and I play on very fast greens typically. My misses are generally short on lag putts 25' and beyond and missed close range vary. Thanks!"