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Putting Drills - by Kristin Sunderhaft, LPGA Class A Teaching Professional
Here are 2 great putting drills that will help with both speed and also reading the break of the green.
Always start with a good look from behind the ball.
No matter what type of shot you have, you should always have a good pre-shot routine which consists of looking from behind the ball and visualizing your shot. When we are putting, it’s especially important to look from behind the ball to read the green or break.
Try and visualize if the ball will turn or go straight. Imagine if you were to throw a bucket of water on the green, ask yourself which way the water would run? Then always play it to the higher side of the cup, so the ball will run, downhill.
Then, determine the speed by asking yourself, will the putt be going uphill, downhill or flat. Once you have your line, no more guessing or questioning yourself, it’s time to focus on speed.
|Spoke Drill||Ladder Drill|
1) The Spoke Drill - will give you the ability to practice 4 different putts. Uphill, downhill, left to right and right to left. I recommend practicing these from 4 feet away. Putting a tee in the green and placing the ball at 4 feet away.
2) Ladder Drill - is excellent for working on a variety of distances. Here I recommend 3, 6, 9 and 12 feet, placing a tee in the green at each distance. This drill can also be used as though you are doing the spoke drill to work on both break and speeds.
Kristin is an LPGA teaching professional at Anthem Country Club and The Legacy Golf Club and a coach for The First Tee of Southern Nevada. A Class A member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division, Kristin has over 20 years of teaching and tournament experience. You can find Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.kristinsunderhaft.com www.lvexecutivelinksrep.com