Putting
Lesson 6

Putting Lesson 6 - Learning Points for Judging Distance

There are two considerations for every putt:

  1. Where exactly must I hit it? (Direction)
  2. How far must I hit it? (Distance)

Distance Control is the ability to hit a lag putt so the worst result is no more than a short tap-in putt. Three-putts can ruin a score card and undermine your putting confidence. Just as pros work hard to avoid a bogey, you should work hard to avoid a three-putt.

1 - Uncontrollable Factors

There are certain factors that affect distance control over which you have no influence – namely how the golf course is set up and how the greens are rolling.

The best you can do is to be aware of them before you start your round.

2 – Controllable Factors

The more variables there are in distance control, the more difficult it will be to roll your ball the required distance.

By sticking with the same ball and putter you can reduce two of the possible variables. Each time you switch balls or putter, your brain has to recalculate the distance for each length of backstroke.

3 - Tempo

Tempo is the speed at which you swing the putter while rhythm is its fluency. Good tempo and rhythm are the backbone of a repeatable putting stroke.

The most reliable tempo for any putting stroke is the one that matches gravity. As soon as you move away from the natural timing of gravity tempo, you introduce an element of potential inconsistency in your putting stroke, especially when you are putting under pressure.

4 - Quality of Stroke

When your putterface makes contact with the ball, it sends it a certain distance. The distance it travels is in part affected by the actual contact. If the point of contact is off-centre, the distance will be reduced.

To become a good lag putter, you must be able to able to make solid contact. This is made easier when you keep your head and lower body still.

5 –Putting Drills

The only way to improve your distance control, once you know about the different requirements for success, is to practise. The more you practise, the more you will be able to match the distance to the length of your backstroke.


When you have a good understanding of what is required for improving your Distance Control, you are ready to move on to:

Lesson 7 - Reading the Green and Putt.

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Related Web Pages and Ezines

Web Pages
Distance Control - How to Roll Your Ball the Correct Distance
Distance Control Drills - Improving Your Touch through Practice

Ezines
3. Golf Ball - Any Ball is Not the Best Ball For You
9. Mismatched Putting Stroke - Is it Detrimental to Your Putting?
14. Reference Putt - How to Judge the Green Speed Prior to Your Round
32. Better Lag Putting - An Important technique for Lowering Your Golf Score
38. Judging Distance - Pace Off Your Lag Putts, Don't Just Rely on Your Eyes
41. Putting Tempo - Improve Your Putting by Learning How to Putt with an Even Tempo
42. Putter Acceleration - The Need for Putter Head Speed in Distance Control
45. Putting Decision - The Most Important Factor You Must Decide for Every Putt?
46. Solid Contact - A Critical Component in Distance Control on the Green
57. Angle of Contact - Why Your Ball Position is Important for Consistent Putting
62. Depth Perception - How Well does Your Perception Match Reality on the Green?
63. Putting Short - Four Possible Causes for Leaving Your Putts Short of the Hole
85. Patchy Conditions - 6 Ideas for Better Putting on Bumpy and Hairy Greens
87. Putting Blind - Lessons You Must Learn to Better Your Putting Stroke and Feel
95. Three-Foot Circle - The Pros and Cons of Making This Your Target for Long Putts
98. Putting by Feel - Is This the Total Answer to All Your Putting Problems?
102. Pure Greens - What You Can Learn about the Importance of Speed in Putting
103. Practice Strokes - Improving Your Chances of Holing the Putt or Just a Habit?
133. Chip Putting -
Different Interpretations, but Similar Techniques in Execution



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