I'm really struggling with my pace on putting

Published 06/09/2013 07:30:00

Q. I'm really struggling with putting, especially my control of pace. What can I do to get a grip of it and save a few shots?

A. Erratic distance control normally points to a distracted mind.

Our ability to absorb information then judge a distance is highly developed; if I asked you to throw me a ball, chances are you would throw it to my hand with a high degree of accuracy. If I moved 3 feet further away, you would be able to gauge the change in distance by watching, taking in the information, and translating this into the physical action.

All of the above is seemingly unconscious. Putting is the same - when you get too conscious during the stroke, you are getting in your own way.

The remedy to this is simple but requires a leap of faith. Start every putt from behind the ball looking down the line. Absorb all the information, from grass colour and texture through to slope curvature and dip.

Only absorb, do not analyse.

With this information processing in your brain, take up your stance. Take one more look as your eyes return to the ball, allow your body to produce whatever stroke it feels appropriate. Remember: we want it to be almost unconscious, like throwing the ball.

You will then be putting "out of your mind" as Bob Rotella puts it. You'll be amazed at how your distance control improves.


1.  This is a great tip. Many times we tend to analyze our swings, both full swing and putting.

comment by Scott Messner - 07/09/2013 16:20

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