Putting Distance Control Drills

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bails74bails74  8WRX Points: 52Members Posts: 8 Bunkers
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My kids are not very good at distance control on the greens. Can you recommend any good drills I can do with them to help.
Thanks!

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  • leezer99leezer99 Boy - 2026  1621WRX Points: 913Handicap: A BillionMembers Posts: 1,621 Platinum Tees
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    Ladder drill.

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    There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.

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  • Golfingdawg19Golfingdawg19  454WRX Points: 169Members Posts: 454 Greens
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    Go to the fringe of your putting green and place a tee about 2 feet short of the fringe. The goal is to stop the ball between the tee and the collar of the fringe. Start at 15 feet and work your way back in 5 or 10 feet increments. Constantly change up what distance you do it from to throw them off balance. This will show you if they really have the speed down.

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  • heavy_hitterheavy_hitter  3589WRX Points: 925Members Posts: 3,589 Titanium Tees
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    Controlling the tempo of the back swing . There are any number of drills you can do. If you can't control the tempo of the back swing you still won't be consistent in successfully completing those drills.

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  • tiger1873tiger1873  1475WRX Points: 318Members Posts: 1,475 Platinum Tees
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    Practice a lot lag putting. You want them to putt to a certain line. An easy cheap way is just put two tee's down and have them put past the tee's. A lot variations on this but I am too cheap to buy markers or too lazy to put down tape so I just use tees spaced out and it works the same way.

    At some point they have to have feel. If there really young and playing in tournaments do what everyone does and assign numbers for speed and just tell them. If you don't do that your going to be in for a long day if you have a young kid who can not control speed at all.

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  • DallasDallas  182WRX Points: 83Members Posts: 182 Fairways
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    I second the ladder drill.

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  • leezer99leezer99 Boy - 2026  1621WRX Points: 913Handicap: A BillionMembers Posts: 1,621 Platinum Tees
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    Now I wish there was a remedy for going into a tournament with an ICE COLD putter!! The boy hasn't made anything these last few weeks... oh well, I guess we're just riding the wave.

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    There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.

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  • wildcatdenwildcatden China Cat Sunflower  1131WRX Points: 522Members Posts: 1,131 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @leezer99 said:

    Now I wish there was a remedy for going into a tournament with an ICE COLD putter!! The boy hasn't made anything these last few weeks... oh well, I guess we're just riding the wave.

    This worked for Happy Gilmore!!

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  • chrissdcchrissdc  85WRX Points: 86Members Posts: 85 Fairways
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    Ladder, ladder, ladder

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  • gregkellergregkeller  201WRX Points: 89Handicap: 6.9ClubWRX Posts: 201 Fairways
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    One I like that I find very difficult, but great for grooving that distance is to put an alignment stick perpendicular to your path of putt and try and putt the ball so it bumps into the alignment stick but doesn't jump over it. Start with 5 footers and then move back after making x number of putts in a row or something like that. I don't worry about line with this drill, just trying to have a repeatable and smooth tempo

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  • Tannerbug33Tannerbug33  152WRX Points: 71Members Posts: 152 Fairways
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    My son has very good distance control. But his alignment is off. He has missed so many close puts that it drives me crazy. Everyone we play with says they will start dropping one day. Sure cant wait for that day

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    On -, @Tannerbug33 said:

    My son has very good distance control. But his alignment is off. He has missed so many close puts that it drives me crazy. Everyone we play with says they will start dropping one day. Sure cant wait for that day

    We sharpie a line on the ball and that has helped out alot. Using the line on the putter in conjunction with the ball makes it easier to swing the putter along the path where the ball should roll to.

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  • DMess18DMess18  29WRX Points: 19Members Posts: 29 Bunkers
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    My son was excellent last year and earlier this year. Now that the greens are rolling better he is blowing it past the hole far too often. I've tried to explain that it is costing him strokes but we are still working on it. :|

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  • leezer99leezer99 Boy - 2026  1621WRX Points: 913Handicap: A BillionMembers Posts: 1,621 Platinum Tees
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    This is Jordan's grip from this past weekend... it was new a couple of months ago.

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    There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.

  • JAMH03JAMH03  979WRX Points: 435Members Posts: 979 Golden Tee
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    Ascending and descending ladder drill.

    Won't even take much time. 2 sets of 2 a big hug and your done.

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  • Mikey5eMikey5e mich 1198WRX Points: 242Handicap: 15Members Posts: 1,198 Platinum Tees
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    I think one of the biggest issues that hurts golfer's distance control is thinking too much about the line and not enough about lagging it close during the stroke. Once a putter's line is chosen, the majority of your thought process should be on lagging it close. No I am speaking mainly of longer putts, and that really works for me.

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  • firstbatchfirstbatch  1072WRX Points: 167Handicap: 5.0Members Posts: 1,072 Platinum Tees
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    I think during practice it’s important to understand the distance your “stock” putting stroke travels. Just like your stock 7i or your stock 58 wedge etc ..........you have to gain a good sense of what produces your stock distance and adjust other distance feels from there.

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