PUTT LIKE THE PRO'S BACK TO THE BASICS. FUNDAMENTALS AND MORE...

Putting Practice Details

OBJECTIVE balanced putting practice
Outdoor practice with drills

60% of practice focused on 7 feet and in
→ Starting Line

40% of practice focused on mid range putts
→ Speed Control

PRACTICE TYPE(S)

→ Block Practice for fundamentals
→ Random Practice for speed control
→ Deliberate Practice for routine

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Keeping it simple

Putting is simple, keep it that way!
Within this program you will be introduce to the key elements that all great putters possess. Have you ever noticed when a kid picks up a putter, they just grip it and hit it? Thats the mindset we all need to be in. Through this putting practice plan, I will show you all the secrets great putters know, without being technical.

MUST SEE…
Video below is Aaron Baddeley describing his mindset on putting

https://youtu.be/hWc8IzcynUE

PUTTING is very personal. Different grips, stances and crazy variations. Mindset is the most important.

 – IF YOU ARE A GREAT PUTTER, KEEP DOING YOUR THING AND IGNORE US – 

IF YOUR PUTTING HAS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT there are a few aspects that can help you getting your putting back on track.

  • THE GRIP (different from your full swing grip)
  • FRONT OF GRIP

    PICTURED JASON DAY. This is a neutral, fundamental grip from the front view. This helps keep the putter face stable.

    BACK OF GRIP

    PICTURED TIGER WOODS. Most all great putters that are conventional, fundamental putters use the reverse overlap grip to stabilize the putter face while still keeping feel.
  • BACK OF GRIP

    PICTURED TIGER WOODS. Most all great putters that are conventional, fundamental putters use the reverse overlap grip to stabilize the putter face while still keeping feel.

 

  • BODY ALIGNMENT

    SET UP


    Fundamentally, you should set your body alignment square parallel to your club face/target line. Feet, hips and shoulders should all be down the same line, parallel to your target and eyeline.
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  • EYE ALIGNMENT
 

Demonstration videos, images and training aids

It is important to have balanced, structured practices based on your strengths and weaknesses. 

The 60/40 improvement plan
I have to admit, I copied this formula during my time coaching at Ohio State University. On Sunday night we would have our players make a 60/40 plan for each day of the weak. They would break each practice down per day and 60(weakness)/ 40 (strength). This allows you to focus on improving the weakness while maintaining your strengths. Too many times, golfers are very 1 sided with their practice. You need to have balanced practices, in this case we are balancing our practice time on the putting green by working on both our strengths and weaknesses.

We will pretend you are doing this test on your own (test shown below has my notes while observing the student putt). I want you to pick out which distance seemed to be the weakness. In the example below, 4 foot putts scored lowest in relation to PGA Tour average. You will make this distance 60% of your putting practice until you retest and find a different result.

Practice Plan Example – Weakness, Short Putts

60% on short putts (7 feet and in)
40% on mid-range putts (15-25 feet)

Most likely, if you struggle on short putts it is due to deficiencies in your fundamentals. You will be automatic from short range if you have the 3 key fundamentals – Alignment (body and eye line), Solid hit (true roll/starting direction) and Pre Shot Routine (Mindset/Trust). Based on these 3 elements we are going to structure our practice to improve the first key fundamental – body and eye alignment.

Starting Line

DRILL #1
Body and putter face alignment with sticks down, we can have a guide to perfect body alignment while having another stick down just outside the ball for our club face and path direction.
1. Find a straight putt
2. Place 2 alignment sticks parallel to each other, one on your feet and on for your path (see picture). Place a ball at the end of the sticks, roughly 4 feet from the hole.

BLOCK PRACTICE this would be an exception to what I said earlier about not hitting the same putt twice – in this drill you will hit from the same spot, but you will go through your routine each time. I want you to walk in from behind the ball like you would on the golf course to give yourself practice of how to setup and align correctly when walking up to the putt. Do NOT just stand in your set up position, raking over ball after ball.

OBJECTIVE ⇒  Make 10 putts in a row

DRILL #2
Eye Line
 I haven’t heard many people talk about eye line but it might be more important than body alignment. If you do not set your eye line correctly, you will miss align when you are on the course. Having your eye line match your target line is important for you to see your line while setting up over the ball to putt. If it is off you will either misalign or manipulate your putting stroke to adjust for bad alignment.

AT THE GOLF COURSE take your eyeline training aid and place it 5 feet from the hole on a straight putt. Pay attention to detail, make sure it is pointed down your target line.

PRE SHOT ROUTINE go through your routine, every putt! Set up like you did in the previous drill. Make sure your eye line is on the line or slightly inside the line with your eyes on the same line as the black line on the mirror.

OBJECTIVE ⇒ Make 10 putts in a row

Demonstration videos, images and training aids

It is important to have balanced, structured practices based on your strengths and weaknesses. 

The 60/40 improvement plan
I have to admit, I copied this formula during my time coaching at Ohio State University. On Sunday night we would have our players make a 60/40 plan for each day of the weak. They would break each practice down per day and 60(weakness)/ 40 (strength). This allows you to focus on improving the weakness while maintaining your strengths. Too many times, golfers are very 1 sided with their practice. You need to have balanced practices, in this case we are balancing our practice time on the putting green by working on both our strengths and weaknesses.

We will pretend you are doing this test on your own (test shown below has my notes while observing the student putt). I want you to pick out which distance seemed to be the weakness. In the example below, 4 foot putts scored lowest in relation to PGA Tour average. You will make this distance 60% of your putting practice until you retest and find a different result.

Practice Plan Example – Weakness, Short Putts

Based on our example baseline test, here is a structured practice to work improve your putting

60% on short putts (15 feet and in)
40% on all other putts (15 feet and longer)

Most likely, if you struggle on short putts it is due to deficiencies in your fundamentals. You will be automatic from short range if you have the 3 key fundamentals – Alignment (body and eye line), Solid hit (true roll/starting direction) and Pre Shot Routine (Mindset/Trust). Based on these 3 elements we are going to structure our practice to improve the first key fundamental – body and eye alignment.

Drill 1 – Body Alignment
BODY AND CLUB ALIGNMENT with sticks down, we can have a guide to perfect body alignment while having another stick down just outside the ball for our club face and path direction.
1. Find a straight putt
2. Place 2 alignment sticks parallel to each other, one on your feet and on for your path (see picture). Place a ball at the end of the sticks, roughly 4 feet from the hole.
3. Despite what I said earlier about not hitting the same putt twice – in this drill you will hit from the same spot, but you will go through your routine each time. I want you to walk in from behind the ball like you would on the golf course to give yourself practice of how to setup and align correctly when walking up to the putt. Do NOT just stand in your set up position, raking over ball after ball.
OBJECTIVE ⇒  Make 10 in a row before you are done.

Drill 2 – Eye Line
I haven’t heard many people talk about eye line but it might be more important than body alignment. If you do not set your eye line correctly, you will miss align when you are on the course. Having your eye line match your target line is important for you to see your line while setting up over the ball to putt. If it is off you will either misalign or manipulate your putting stroke to adjust for bad alignment.

AT THE GOLF COURSE take your eyeline training aid and place it 5 feet from the hole on a straight putt. Pay attention to detail, make sure it is pointed down your target line.

PRE SHOT ROUTINE go through your routine, every putt! Set up like you did in the previous drill. Make sure your eye line is on the line or slightly inside the line with your eyes on the same line as the black line on the mirror.
OBJECTIVE ⇒ Make 10 putts in a row

40% Maintenance Practice (Strength of Putting)
SPEED CONTROL we will focus on mid-long range putts 30 -40 feet. When hitting putts outside of 20 feet I recommend hitting to other targets rather than a hole. The reason being, PGA Tour players make less than 3 percent of putts from this range, which means you will watch nearly every putt you hit from this distance miss the hole – leading to losing confidence.

Drill 3 – Putting to the fringes

1. Take 3 balls and go to the center of the putting green
2. From the center, you can putt to all 4 sides of the green. Putt 3 balls to one side of the green. The goal is to get it as close to the fringe, without rolling into the fringe.
3. Repeat this process to the other 3 sides.
4. Complete this process 3 times for a total of 36 putts.

Speed Control

SPEED CONTROL this drill focuses on mid-range putts 15 -25 feet. When hitting putts outside of 10 feet I recommend hitting to other targets rather than a hole. The reason being, PGA Tour players make less than 10 percent of putts from this range, which means you will watch nearly every putt you hit from this distance miss the hole, causing you to lose confidence.

DRILL #3 Putting to the fringes

1. Take three balls and go to the center of the putting green.From the center, you can putt to all four sides of the green.

2. Putt 3 balls to one side of the green. The goal is to get it as close to the fringe, without rolling into the fringe.

3. Repeat this process to the other three sides.

4. Complete this process three times for a total of 36 putts.

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