If you have trouble controlling your speed, it can be hard to shoot a good score, even if your putts are on line! I’ll show you a drill that you can practice to help get a much better feel for your speed and distance control on the putting green.
For the ladder drill, you will need at least 8 tees. Set these tees up in 3 boxes about 3 feet long each. After you’ve set up the tees, step back about 30 feet. Then, try to hit 3 golf balls into each box. Start with the first box. Once you hit all 3 balls, retrieve them and move onto the 2nd box, and 3rd box.
It sometimes helps you track your progress if you are able to keep score. If you are going for the first box, give yourself a point each time a putt stops inside the box. For example, after you have hit 3 putts, and 2 of them come to rest inside the first box, give yourself 2 points. Go retrieve the balls, and move on to the second box. The idea is to hopefully acquire 9 total points, meaning you’ve hit every putt with the correct speed.
This drill is extremely easy to set up, and can drastically help your putts out on the course. If you develop better speed control, your second putts will become easier to make, and your scores on the course will drop. Practice this a few times during your practice sessions, and you’re on your way to becoming a better putter. To see this drill in action, check out this video
Kevin Myers, PGA | General Manager | The Golf Club at Hawks Prairie