This is Brad Ott, Director of Instruction here at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney.
Today, what we're going to be talk about is how to make the short putts, 5 feet and in, the ones that are fairly straight.
A lot of my students tell me that if they're missing these, they're pulling or pushing them.
The only two things that's going to allow you to miss a putt like this ...
there's really two.
It's going to be either path or the club face.
Speed plays a little bit less of a role in some of the shorter putts, so what I'm going to teach you with this drill ...
It's called a "four tee" drill ...
is how to master your putter face and the path of your putter face.
Now how you set this drill up, is you're going to set your putter online with the target.
Try and find a straight putt.
Keep it short, anywhere inside of 5 feet.
Then you'll have 2 tees on either side of the putter face, about a half inch.
The back tee, what you're going to do is you're going to put this on the outside of the path, you're going to move it back one putter length lined up a ball right of the hole.
Your inside tee is going to be a ball left of the hole, and you're going to move it a putter length forward.
The reason I set it up this way is, 90% of my students, whenever their path is off, they're usually cutting across the putt.
It's going to be an outside in.
So this helps promote a little bit of an inside to out, which is going to provide a little bit more top spin, gets the ball rolling a little bit better.
Some of the better putters on tour, studies have shown ...
3 dimensional putting studies show that they are able to actually hit a little bit of top spin on their putts because their stroke is a little bit in to out.
All you do is you set your putter nice and square.
You're trying to get your putter to miss that back tee.
You don't want to hit this tee right.
You want to miss the back tee, and as you come through, you don't want to hit this tee right here, you want to come through without hitting that tee.
So it's going to be a little bit of a draw feeling stroke.
You're just going to try and miss the back tee, and then the forward tee.
If you miss both of those tees, probably your path was a little bit in to out and you'll be able to roll that ball better and keep it online.
If you're missing it right, square the face up a little bit.
If you're missing it left, open the face up a little bit.
This should allow you to get your path and your club face nice and square, should allow you to make some more of those short puts that you may be missing.