Putting Drill to Develop a Balanced Stroke

Putting Drill to Develop a Balanced Stroke

Balance Like the Pros

Over the last 20 years of working with the best putters on Tour such as Ben Crenshaw, Larry Mize and Corey Pavin, one of the things I noticed that is common to their putting stroke is that they are all balanced. Larry and Ben are very long back and long through putters and Corey is more short back and short through, but all three of these putters are always in balance. One of the best drills that you can do as an amateur golfer is what we have Kim doing here.

Tee Time Drill

We have two tees from front to back and we have a tee where we are going to put the ball every time, exactly in the middle between the front and back tees. What we want her to do is take her putter back to the back tee and then through to the front tee. What you are going to see as she demonstrates is that one of the things that we often see is someone takes their putter all the way back behind the back tee and short of the front tee.

Lond and Short, or Short and Long

This is probably the worst thing that you can do. If you are going to be out of balance don’t be out of balance long and short. The next way you can get out of balance is to be short and long. You can take your putter back short of the back tee and then long and past the front tee. This is better than the first one but still it is not nearly as good as being in balance. The third one she is going to go back to the back tee and through to the front tee. Once you get your stroke in balance you will begin to control the speed of your ball much better. Once you control the speed of your ball you will begin to make a whole lot more putts.

Category: Putting
Sub-Category: Swing Drills, Practice, Follow-Through
About the Instructor
Dr. Richard Coop
Dr. Richard Coop
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Education
CB 3500 Peabody Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500

Dr. Richard Coop is a mental instructor to countless PGA Tour professionals, including Payne Stewart, Ben Crenshaw, Mark O'Meara, and Nick Faldo. He is also the author of The New Golf Mind and Mind Over Golf.


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