A Simple Putting Drill to Improve Your Distance Control

A Simple Putting Drill to Improve Your Distance Control

In the previous segment we talked about directional control on the green by aiming your golf ball. Now let’s do a little follow up on distance control. I have come up with a little game I call “Bump the Fringe” which illustrates exactly what you are trying to do to learn to control your distance.

An Easy Putting Drill for Better Distance

I take my set up next to the ball and look at the fringe, the objective is to get the ball to bump that fringe. When doing this we want to play what we call the “10 Percent Rule,” so that if I have a 30 foot putt I want to finish within a foot and a half of the fringe short to within a foot and a half of the fringe long. Thus putting the ball within that 10 percent range.

The neatest thing about this is that we are really not concerned with aim, other than with me aiming at my camera man Dan. What he is watching is me hitting the putts right up there next to the fringe where every putt is going to leave me nothing but a tap in, which means a two putt. Which means a low score. Which means I am happy.

Hitting Close to the Fringe

Now the neat thing about hitting it that close to the fringe is that when I then turn around and go to a hole, if I hit it that close, you are going to turn around and say “Hey, that’s good!” And I am going to say “thanks,” put the ball in my pocket and then go stand on the side and watch you sweat because I get to relax because I did my drill called “Bump the Fringe.” Let me show you one more. Now watch, right on the fringe. Now that’s fun.

Category: Putting
Sub-Category: Swing Drills, Distance
About the Instructor
John Elliott, Jr.
John Elliott, Jr.
St. Andrews Golf & Country Club
3N441 Route 59
West Chicago, IL 60185
Tel: 630-231-3160

John Elliott, Jr., is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #39 instructor in the world. He is the head professional at the Country Club of Ocala in Ocala, Florida.


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