Putting backswing vs follow through

Getting your pace right on the greens is probably the most important aspect to good putting. As such, some dedicated work on your putting technique will really help your scoring potential.

A putt will only break the way you read it if you hit the ball at the correct speed. Too hard and it will break less. Too soft and it will break more. As such, pace dictates line.

Essentially you need to guard against the backswing being longer than the follow through and vice versa.

Keeping a relatively even length of stroke either side of the ball will help you find gentle acceleration through impact for a smooth roll and consistent distance control.

In practice, place two tees on the ground to mark the length of the stroke (the backswing should be a fraction shorter than the follow through to help you find that smooth build up of speed through impact).

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Try this drill and you should start to develop your feel for better pace control.

It’s always a good idea to get to the golf course early to give yourself enough time to spend 10 minutes on the practice green.

This will give you a chance to get a feel for the speed of the greens for that particular day. Even if it’s a course you play often, the greenspeed will vary from day to day.

How can you expect to knock a 40 footer stone dead on the first green if you havent hit a practice putt before the round to get a feel for the speed of the greens?

Tour drill

Place an alignment stick under each arm and hit a series of putts. If your stroke is good, the stick should rock up and down on a straight line. This is a great way to groove these crucial mechanics.