Practicing Putting Fundamentals

Distance Control Golf Putting Drill

Controlling Distance:
The factor most responsible for controlling your distance is the length of your putting stroke. The recommended length of the putting stroke varies among pro golfers and trainers. The key that is consistent among instructors is that that back stoke should not be greater than your follow through. We recommend the one third two third method. That is taking the putter back one third of the total length and your follow through would be two thirds. The slightly shorter back stroke will aid in keeping your putter square at impact.

Furthermore, develop a controlled smooth stoke without and sudden burst of power. For example, if you have a forty foot putt avoid taking a short back swing and then applying a fast swing to add power and distance. Simply take a wider putting stroke and swing with the same smooth pressure.

To properly regulate your distance you will want to practice on the the length of your putting stroke. Develop a smooth repetitive stroke and control distance mainly based on the total length of your stoke.

Follow these Steps:

  • Begin by using 4 balls.
  • First 3 balls well be your guide balls.
  • Move the center ball to where you will strike the ball.
  • The back ball marks where you want your backstroke to end
  • The forward ball shows where you want your follow through to end.
  • Place the final ball a few inches away from the center ball
  • Begin by taking practice putts with the goal of stopping your back swing where the back ball is located and stopping your follow through where the forward ball is located.
  • Keep a smooth swing and notice how far your ball has traveled based on the step up length you started with.
  • Continue by widening the back and forward balls but maintaining a constant and smooth swing.
Shorter putts require the guide row to be close and long putts much wider. The goal is develop a smooth repetitive swing and get the feel for how much distance is the result from varying stroke lengths. 

A common problem among weekend golfers is that they have the habit of looking up to soon and too short of a follow through length. Keep your eyes focused on the ball and fully complete your putting stroke. Try counting to two before looking up to help you break this habit.

  • Spread your guide balls wide for long putts. Closer for short putts.
  • The white and red line illustrates the entire length of the stoke. 
  • Continue practicing with about a dozen balls from each layout. 
Try to keep your stoke length consistent and your rhythm the same for each set up.

  • Continue repeating this drill until you develop a understanding and feel for the amount distance toy will get from the different putting stroke lengths.
Again, the objective of this golf putting drill is to control the length of your stoke in order to control distance. If you change the speed of the putter by swinging slow then fast or fast to slow you will not be able to consistently control your distance. You goal is to have a smooth and flowing tempo through out your entire swing.

Keep a smooth rhythm and tempo for each of your strokes and do not to swing harder for longer putts and softer for shorter putts.

Keep practicing this golf putting drill until you can consistently achieve the same distance with varying lengths of your putting stoke.

The next golf putting drill lesson will help you become more consistent with your putts and also help improve on controlling your distance.

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