Putting Speed Control Drill

Putting Speed Control Drill

Mind and Muscles

One of the most important aspects of putting is good speed control. One of the things that you want to do to attain speed control is to get in touch with your body, have your senses at a heightened level. A drill to get golfers in touch with their senses, how the mind and the body are working together, is to called putt and estimate.

Putt and Estimate Drill

We have the golfer putt three balls to a fairly distant hole to get the feel of the speed of the green. Then we have them putt three balls where they keep their head right over where the ball left the putter and they tell us without looking whether the ball was even with the hole, short of the hole or past the hole. Kim is going to demonstrate this drill and the first thing she is going to do is putt three balls to get a feel for the distance. She will putt three balls just to get a feel for the speed; it is a regular putting stroke, watching the ball after the swing is complete. Now she is going to putt three balls.

Call Your Shots

She is going to putt the balls from right under her chin and she is going to tell us as soon as she knows whether it is short, even or long. Calling it as soon as she knows where it is going to go. Very good putters know almost instantaneously, as soon as the ball leaves the putter, if the speed was right or not. With a good bit of practice you can become one of these putters, it will help your speed control and you will have far fewer three putts if you control your speed.

Category: Putting
Sub-Category: Swing Drills, Reading Greens, Practice
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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