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Putting: The Gate Drill

Putting well is key to shooting lower scores on the golf course, and putting well comes from consistent speed control on the greens. This speed consistency results largely from striking the ball in the center of the putter face. All too often during putting lessons we see our students struggle with leaving putts short or hitting them long (and often a combination of both) as a result of hitting the ball off the heel or toe of the putter.

During Tour events, you may have seen various professionals putting with tees on either side of the putter head. We call this drill the Gate Drill. The Gate Drill is designed to help you identify how well you hit the center of your putter face and generate better speed control on the greens. Take a look at the video below illustrating how to setup and execute this drill to improve the consistency of your speed on the greens.

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Putting Speed

Putting SpeedSpeed in putting is often the most critical element to making more putts, and once you have the correct speed you must match it properly with the correct line. We typically rank speed over line because one controls the other, as we’ll see in the pictures below. This article is designed to give you a better understanding the necessary speed to make more putts from a critical range – 3 to 10 feet.

Let’s examine a flat 5 foot putt, and assume the ball is rolling over a 2% grade from right to left. The ball will always roll down the slope, but the longer the ball is on the slope the more effect the slope will have on the ball. In picture 1 the ball is rolling with the proper speed (roughly 12 inches past the hole), and will roll into the center of the hole. In picture 2 we increase the speed, rolling the ball 3 feet past the hole. Since the ball spends less time on the slope it will break less and requires a starting line closer to the right edge than the first one. In picture 3, we decrease the speed so the ball will just barely roll to the front edge of the hole; this ball spends the most time on the slope and requires your starting line to be aimed the furthest outside of the cup.