Last time we were together talking about putting we were talking about short strokes and the ability to make the short putt. Really that was all about getting the clubface square to the hole and making sure that when you stroked it through that you had that clubface in the same position that you had it at address.
How to Hit Long Putts
Well now we are going to talk about long putts. If you can see that long hole down there, people will come to me and say you know what Ed, I can make the short putts but I have a hard time getting the long putts to the hole. I am either hitting it short or hitting it long.
What I ask them to do is take a golf ball and we will have a catch. They will just take it and toss it to me, go ahead, see that is a perfect toss. If I said what are you thinking about the answer would be that I am not thinking about anything. I just saw you, saw where you were then I tossed it.
If I asked the same person to see if they can toss it into my hands but I ask them to close their eyes and then I move they will never hit my hand. In other words, you eyes tell you all you need to know in terms of depth and distance. What we are going to do is try some long putts and what I want you to do instead of worrying about how hard to hit it or how far to take it back, just look at that hole over there and try to let your eyes to tell you how far you need to stroke it.
Putting Stroke Practice for Long Putts
I am going to make this stroke without looking at the ball. I am going to look at the hole, take my normal set up and just try and let my eyes tell me how hard to stroke it and let's see if it does not go in. Oh, just off to the side, did you see that?
Now the hardest part of this drill is that your mind, like my mind, was still worried a little bit about impact. You have to give up on that. Don't worry about what is going on there, simply get in here and say let me just look at that hole and try to feel the stroke in terms of what I need to do in order to let that ball lag. Look at that, the ball is right next to the hole, we got some nice fast greens today.
But, you see, I am not worried about impact. You see both of those putts rolled right past the hole. Get yourself set up just like normal and just stroke it on through and have that ball just end up right next to the hole. So to practice your long putts don't stare down at the ball, actually just look at the target, let your eyes focus on the target, and let your mind talk to your hands through your eyes to tell you how hard to stroke the putt.