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Speed Control on the Greens
Eliminate 3 Putts

Master your speed on the greens to make more puttsLearn to Avoid Leaving Putts Short

It goes without saying that speed control on the greens is not at the forefront of the average amateur's worries. The majority of putting lessons I give are at the request to "make more putts" or "develop a better putting stroke" but not to "have better distance control." During lessons, 9 out of 10 students will comment on their putts by saying things like "oh, I must have aimed that wrong" or "I pushed that" without even noticing that their speed was so off that they never had a chance to begin with. For all golfers, the aspect of putting that should be evaluated first, in my opinion, is distance control. Without it, even the purest of putts won't go in the hole.

Of course to control distance you not only have to have good touch and put in the hours of practice, but you also have to have a consistent stroke and hit the ball on the same spot on the putter face...hopefully the sweet spot! So I am not ignoring the fact that face, path and centeredness of hit aren't important, because they are. I want to help you gain control of your speed and at least leave the ball next to the cup even if you don't make the putt!

Controlling your speed centers on 3 main things:

  • getting a correct read on the putt
  • controlling the length of your backstroke
  • controlling the amount of effort or force you put into the putt

The Situation:

You are having difficulty controlling your speed especially on long putts.

The Solution:

To put the right amount of speed on the ball you must do a good job of assessing the break, the grain and the slope (meaning the degree of uphill or downhill slope). Once you have done that and have a precise read, you next need to make the right amount of backstroke combined with the right amount of oomf. When you are able to consistently control those 3 factors, your distance will be sure to improve on lengthy putts.

There are many great drills for speed control. Some of my favorites are:

  • Close Your Eyes For Feel
  • Yardstick Drill
  • Step Drill
  • Basket of Eggs Drill
  • Flagstick Drill
  • Putt to the Fringe Drill
Maria Palozola

Maria Palozola is a member of the LPGA and has participated in multiple LPGA Tour events. She has provided instruction to thousands of students in the past 20+ years and has won multiple teaching awards from the LPGA, Golf Digest, and Golf Magazine including being ranked as one of the top 50 female instructors in the world.

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