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Hi Maria,
The practice facility I go to has putting greens that are much slower than the courses I play. I feel that it makes putting practice not very worthwhile, although I know I need to spend more time practicing on the greens. Any drills or advice on how to get the most out of practice with slow practice greens?
--Grant P. from Alexandria, VA

Hi Grant. Thanks for writing

I know how frustrating that can be. The good news is on slow greens you can still practice your set up, pre-shot routine, green reading, path, face, etc.. The only thing you can't practice is speed.

My best recommendation is when you find yourself with only slow greens to practice on, but you play on fast ones is to only practice downhill putts. Then before you tee off on the course you play, make sure to get to the putting green to warm up and figure out the speed. Even if you haven't been able to practice on greens of that exact speed, within just a few minutes of putting to the fringe and putting long uphill and downhill putts, you should be able to get a pretty good idea of the speed before you go tee off on the first tee.

Keep in mind when you practice that getting a grip on the length of your stoke and being conscious of it along with developing a consistent and repeatable tempo are very important keys to controlling speed on the greens.

I hope that helps and let me know if you have any other questions.


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