CJ Goecks: Hey, CJ Goecks from ShortGameSecrets.com here.
Again, one of the things I want you to remember here is that speed is related to practice.
If you're unsure what I'm talking about with the speed, and it's not your job to make a putt, make sure you view that video and then come here after that because I want you to understand the philosophy of how it's not your job to make a putt.
The three factors that go into making a putt are speed, roll and break.
We're focusing on speed right now, and ultimately can I teach you to practice like a tour player? If I can get you to properly practice, you're going to get better in a short amount of time.
That's really the key.
We all want to improve in less time.
What I've got set up here is the eight tee drill, one of my favorite games here that I teach.
All it is is it's a putter length for each tee.
Ultimately eight times three, if you will, if this putter is three feet long.
I've got a 24-footer back there.
What we're going to do is we're going to set up.
We want to make our putt, and if I make it, I get a point.
If I hit past and don't make it, no problem.
No harm, no foul.
If I leave it short, it's minus one.
Most amateur golfers leave the ball short.
Tour players, watch the tour event this coming weekend and find out.
In the back of your mind see how many putts are getting to the hole.
Now the guys that may be leaving it short, you're not watching them on the weekend because they're going home because their speed control is awful that week.
They're out on the practice putting green trying to get their distance control good.
Here I've got a six-footer.
I've got one point.
I'm going to go through this quick.
We're going to putt back and through.
That thing broke a lot.
I got it to the hole, so no problems.
Here we go.
I've got a nine-footer right here, trying to get my speed good.
I'm going to keep going back as I go through.
Now here's the little twist on this game.
The last one, the 24-footer is worth two points.
If you're playing this game with a friend which I want you to do, I want a little gambling going on maybe for a quarter or for a Coke.
When you've got this last putt it's worth two points.
If I leave it short, it's two points deduction.
Sometimes my students, they have to putt this, and they have to not three putt it because someone could ram it through the hole.
If I've got this, what this is going to do, it's going to change your philosophy.
A lot of amateurs from 24 feet, you are just happy to not three putt.
What we're going to try to do here is we're going to try to make this putt.
We got the break now, because I'm the teacher I get a redo.
We get to go take two.
Now we're going to see if we can make this here.
As long as I get this to the hole, that's fine.
I'm getting the ball to the hole, and that's really my objective.
I'm hitting these really a little too hard, but I would rather see you get the ball to the hole, give yourself an opportunity to make it and go from there.
Remember, how do we control speed? It's through practice.
This eight tee drill game is a great way to practice, and have fun and improve in a short amount of time.