How often do you miss a putt 5 or 6 feet
to the left or right? Regardless of your handicap, I'll
bet, "not that many!"
How often does a putt end up 5 or 6 feet
ong or short? Probably a lot more!
This is typical of most golfers and suggests
that most three putts are due not to a poor aim or lack
of ability to read the green but instead due to a lack
of distance control.
In order to be more consistent on the
green it is important to avoid 'deceleration' during
the putting stroke. Deceleration occurs when the putter
slows down (even very slightly) during the forward stroke
as it approaches the golf ball. It can cause havoc with
distance control. Deceleration does not always result
in putts stopping short of the hole. Sometimes putts
are too long and sometimes they are too short. If what
we have said here describes your putting you may be
decelerating during the stroke.
In order to avoid this dreaded malady
make a conscious effort to follow through on every putt
and not end the stroke once the ball is contacted. In
order to ensure that you do not decelerate when putting
I use a technique that I have found to be very successful.
Every time that you putt, make sure that the follow
through (distance the putter travels after impact) is
twice the length of the back swing.
By developing this habit you can virtually
eliminate any deceleration and become a more consistent