HOW CAN I LEARN A CONSISTENT PUTTING STROKE?
Top Teaching Professional Chuck Cook shares a simple but highly effective training aid and drill that can help make your putting stroke smooth and synchronized. Place a hibachi stick into the handle end of your putter and adjust the length so that it just touches your stomach when you are in your proper putting address position. Now, when making your putting stroke, you should endeavor to keep the tip of the hibachi stick stationary to a single point on your stomach. By using this training aid during practice, it will help you keep your putting stroke from being lead too much by either handle-end or head-end of the putter. The hibachi stick putting drill will help you develop a consistent putting stroke.
The potential to lower your golf scores by improving your putting is huge. Consider that in a round with 18 holes, you will almost certainly be looking at 40% to 50% of your total strokes taking place on the putting green. By shaving off one stroke per hole on average, you could reduce your overall golf scores by 20% to 30%. A great way to start is learning to get your ball within three feet of the cup (the circle of love) at least one stroke faster. This means learning distance control in your long putts. To learn to control your distance effectively, you should try to reduce your putting to only changing one variable. You should attempt to keep everything else as a constant. Making your putting mechanics the exact same for every distance, but only altering either the amount of backswing or pace of the putter can be a gamechanger for most players. Avoid changing both variables from putt to putt.
Hibachi Stick Putting Drill
The hibachi stick drill is incredible for helping you to make your putting stroke as smooth and consistent as a metronome.
- Insert the hibachi stick into the small hole in the top of your putter grip
- Assume your normal putter address position
- Adjust the hibachi stick to be just barely touching your stomach area
- Take practice putts attempting to keep the tip of the hibachi stick stationary and touching the same spot on your stomach throughout your full putting stroke
And you can combine the hibachi stick drill with the ladder drill which focuses on developing great putting distance control.
Spend 50% of your practice time on the putting green. Spend 50% or more of that time working on your distance and speed control.
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