Putt with Momentum for Better Distance Control

By Dr. Richard Coop

Kim has just come back from Tour and she has been complaining a bit about distance control problems with her putting. Someone probably told her to accelerate. What happens when people tell you to accelerate through the putt is that many times you have putts which sort of explode; you get powder burns on your hands it gets so hot.

Ignore Acceleration

One of the things that I think that you should think about in your putting, particularly if you have distance control problems, is don’t think about acceleration because this many times gives us flash speed, the putter moves to quickly and gains to much speed in a short space. You really need to think about the putter head gaining momentum through the stroke, not accelerating.

Hear the Difference

I am going to have Kim putt a ball and what I want her to do is just take the putter back and allow the putter head to gain momentum through the stroke. I am going to stand right here with my back to the ball and I do not want to hear the putter head hit the ball. I am going to stand right on top of her. If she just lets the putter head gain momentum there will be just a very slight sound and I will barely hear it. Now I want her to putt one where she accelerates, where she actually has a very rapid change of speed in her putting stroke. That was much louder you can hear that.

Use Momentum

So one of the things that I want you to think about that will smooth out your putting stroke and give you a whole lot more distance control is to think about the putter head going back and just gaining momentum through the stroke. Look at Larry Mize, Phil Mickelson or Ben Crenshaw; their putters just go back very nicely, very smoothly. The putter strokes through the ball and is gaining momentum, but there is never a spot in the stroke where you see the putter actually speed up. Think momentum not acceleration and get better distance control.


Category: Putting
Sub Categories: Distance, Swing Drills

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.