How to Gain Distance Control on Your Putts
Hi, I am Brent Franklin with the Mike McGetrick Golf Academy in Denver, Colorado. What I want to talk to you about right now is distance control when you are putting. A lot of people have problems with this, I see a lot of amateur players really struggle with their distance control. From 20 five feet they really struggle with getting the ball within even five feet sometimes.
Distance Control - The Most Important Part of Putting
Trust me, distance control is the most important part of putting and it is the thing you really want to practice the most. This is a simple drill that you can use that will help develop a little bit of touch and a little bit of feel for how hard to hit the putts.
- What I do is I start maybe 30 feet away and my main goal on the first putt is just to get the ball half way to the hole.
- I am not actually using the hole as a target, I am using it as a destination. I am creating a game.
- I want the first putt half way to the hole.
- Now with the rest of the balls you have left you want to get the next ball a little bit farther, the next one after that a little bit farther and see how many you can get in between the first ball and the hole. If you are just going to hit a couple this one hopefully will be a little farther and so on.
- As you continue down the line if you can keep going and get them all one foot apart you can set your own personal best from say 30 feet. How many can you get from fifteen feet to the hole without leaving one short or knocking one by the hole?
It is great little game to practice and a good little game to play and it really helps you develop your touch for hitting putts the right speed.