Distance Control Drill for Putting
Having good distance control is vital for consistent putting. When a golfer hits a bad putt that finishes more than a metre from the hole, the majority of the time it will be caused by the distance the ball travels and not the direction. When faced with a breaking putt, distance control becomes even more crucial as it will affect how much the putt breaks as well.
The Ladder Drill will help you to gain a good feel for distance which will help you get your longer putts closer to the hole.
THE LADDER DRILL
- Set up 2 tees or coins on the green roughly 2 putter lengths apart.
- Start from 2 putter lengths away
- Get 5 golf balls in a row to finish in between the 2 tees
- The trick is to make each putt finish a little further than the last and still in between the tees.
Once you can get 5 putts to finish progressively further in the target area then move back another putter length. If a ball finishes outside the target area or out of sequence then start over.
You can set yourself a distance goal or time frame to complete a certain goal. You can also practice this in a carpeted hallway at home or in the office.
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