How often do we forget the phrase ‘every read needs a speed’. There are other elements which are necessary to hole putts but the correct speed is often overlooked. The other well-known saying ‘never up, never in’ rings true to a certain point too so if you are a player who tends to leave putts short here is my High Jump drill.
UP AND OVER AND IN
Place an alignment rod two feet short of the hole on the at part of the green. The idea is to strike the putt firmly enough to leapfrog the rod and still get the ball in the hole. I use a two-tone ball which is great for instant feedback, demonstrating visually the purity of strike.
TWO FEET PAST IS IDEAL PACE
Hit five putts high-jumping the rod, then remove it placing it approximately two feet behind the hole. Now is the time to test your speed skills. We want the ball to nestle next to the rod if we don’t hole it.
Sarah is a PGA Fellow and Head Teaching Professional at Three Rivers Golf & Country Club. She is also the England U18 East Region Head Coach. www.sarahbennettgolf.co.uk or follow Sarah on Twitter: @SBennettGolf