Putting Tips and Drills 04/21/2012
String It out Lag Putting Drill
1. Cut multiple pieces of string, each about three feet long.
2. Lay the string out on a putting green, evenly spaced, each string about three feet apart, across your chosen putting line.
3. Start about 10 feet behind the first string. Now putt a ball and try to roll it just over the first string. Putt a second ball and try to roll it just over the second string, and so on. When you reach the last string, start working your way back to the first string.
4. Once you become good at stopping balls in-between the string,
start varying the distances - put to the first string, then the fifth, then the third, then the last, and so on, varying your distances. This drill takes your mind off the line (and also off a target) and allows you to focus on speed
Ball Mix-Up Drill
This distance putting drill is similar to the string drill above, except that in
this one we are putting at a hole.
1. Drop balls at 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50
feet from a cup.
2. Start from 10 feet and putt to the hole. Make sure that if you don't sink the putt, you leave the ball no more than three feet from the hole.
3. Now go back to 50 feet and do the same. Then continue from each distance, but don't go in order - mix up the distances, from 10 to 50 to 30 to
40 to 20 to 40 to 10 to 30 and so on, in random order. The goal is to leave
yourself no more than three feet on your misses. Great distance control equals great lag putting, which means no 3-putts.
Close Your Eyes to Improve Feel
1. Place three balls each at distances of 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 feet from your target (putt toward a hole, a tee in the ground, the fringe, a dropped headcover).
2. At each station, putt the first ball as you normally would. But for the second and third balls at each station, set up with your eyes open, but then close your eyes just before making the stroke.
This drill will help hone your feel on the greens.
Putt Distance Drill
When golfers talk about lag putting, we mean that while we hope to make every putt we also want to make sure that if we miss we are left with a short, easy putt. Good lag putting means never 3-putting.
This drill forces you to control your speed in order to guarantee a 2-putt.
1. Set up 30 feet from the hole.
2. Putt five balls at a time. Then walk to the cup and knock the balls in.
3. Make 50 consecutive 2-putts. If you 3-putt, start over.
This drill not only teaches lag putting, it also gets you into pressure situations. Imagine making 48 2-putts in a row.
Putts 49 and 50 are really going to test your nerves. If you have too much
trouble making 50 2-putts in a row from 30 feet, then start from a shorter
distance. Try 20 feet, and move out to 30 once 2-putting from 20 is
Drill 1. Get five balls and drop them 10 feet from the edge of the green. 2. Putt toward the fringe (don't worry about putting at a hole, just focus on speed and feel).
Try to get each ball to roll about one foot onto the fringe without leaving any short and without running any beyond the fringe into the rough. 3. Back up to 20 feet and repeat, and repeat again at 30 and 40 feet
Fitting a Belly Putter 04/21/2012
Fitting a Belly Putter
To effectively use the belly putter you must select one that is fitted
to your physique. It must have the correct length and lie angle to allow you
to take a comfortable stance and get your eyes just over the inside edge of the
ball. Below and on the following pages are some simple steps for fitting
yourself for a belly putter.
What You'll Need
For this do-it-yourself belly putter fitting, you'll need the help of a
friend, plus a small mirror, your current putter, a ruler and a protractor or
What To Do
1. Lay a mirror on the ground and use its center to represent the ball.
2. Measure the length of your current putter (mine is 33 inches).
3. Holding your putter and the ruler, bend your elbows slightly, and set
them against either side of your rib cage (left photo above).
4. Bow forward from the hips and take a comfortable putting stance with
your knees slightly flexed and your forearms in line with the putter shaft
(right photo above). When you are in the correct posture, your hands should
hang under your shoulders.
5. Maintain your posture and adjust distance from the mirror so your eyes
appear in the middle.
6. Once you have the correct stance, slide the ruler up into your belly and
note how many inches must be added to your putter to get the correct belly
7. Have your friend place the protractor or goniometer level on the ground
and measure the correct lie angle for your belly putter. For most players the
lie on the belly putter will be between 68 and 74 degrees.
You will most likely need to order a putter built to the above length and
lie, or have one modified. Additionally, make sure the head weight is at or
near 400 grams. Avoid putter heads with a great deal of offset or double bend
offset for your belly putter.
Most players choose straight-in shaft configuration and either center-shafted
or a shaft that intersects the head closer to the heel. I recommend a
toe-balanced putter head over a face-balanced head as the belly putter produces
more of an arc stroke path rather than a straight line stroke path.
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