The most important part of the most important area of the game of golf is the distance control for your putts. We have all heard the old adage of “they drive for show and they putt for dough” and it is so true.
I am against too much theory in your putting stroke. I am always aware of the danger of paralysis by analysis when looking into the technique of putting, I look at it that a 4 year old is very capable of putting so why make it rocket science. I have never read it so I don’t mean to pass judgment, but there is a book, 500 hundred pages long about how to putt!!!!!
There are two things that have to be judged correctly to be successful at putting, direction and distance. The latter of the two is of far more importance, if you think of your own putting, when you get the direction wrong you will never be more than 8 or 10 feet out, but if you get the distance control wrong then you could be a mile away. Plus unfortunately there is no calculation to help with this judgement; you cannot say that for a 20 foot putt you need a 6 inch long backswing with an acceleration rate of 10 feet per second.
Here is a good drill to help judge speed and not concern yourself with direction.
Place some balls on the putting green at various points and then putt them to the edge of the green, this way there is nothing to think of except resting the ball against the apron of the green and you are not concerned with the side slopes. Putt to all points of the putting green so you are practicing longer and shorter putts and from different angles, always give yourself a pat on the back when you get it right. Like any practice at putting this is filling your memory bank with positive vibes about your putting and making you more confident that you can succeed when you are in the heat of battle.
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