Golf Drill: Controlling the Distance of Your Putt

By John Elliott

Golf Drill: Controlling the Distance of Your Putt

2 Putt Drill

When you think of putting you think of a lot of different things that you want to have control over and one of the most important is distance control. This is a distance control practice or drill and basically it involves your putter and a handful of tees. I have already put six or seven tees around this hole. I am going to putt from where those six balls are into this circle and all I have done is set the clubhead inside of the cup, put a tee in the ground, I am going to leave this front area open for the ball to run into and through. My goal is with all six balls to knock all six in. When I do that I have very good feel over the motion and the speed of my stroke. Let me show you this. This is a 30 foot putt, downhill, a lot of speed and the key is not only to find the motion and speed but to maintain my posture after I hit my putt. Notice how I am looking at the ball roll. I did not stand up to watch it I simply let my eyes rotate down the ball line, that is the line the ball is running on. Here it is again.

Consistency is Key

Notice there is a nice pattern beginning to develop and the beauty of the pattern is that the next putts are all tap ins. I won't bore you by knocking them all in there. You get the idea. Not only was I able to put three out of three inside the circle, I got to see each one of them breaking from my right to my left. Each time I would putt on the next one I would aim just a tiny bit higher so that I could try to keep the ball on the high side of the hole just a little longer. Notice that one did not break as much, nonetheless, that is four out of four inside a 30 two inch radius circle, that is the length of my putter, from 30 feet. Get to do where you can do this regularly and you not only have learned control over the speed of your ball but the distance that your ball is traveling. That is one of the three Ds in putting. Distance, direction and I bet you don't know the third one. It is called duration. I will show you that one another time.


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