Speaker 1: All right, I'm going to talk to you now about a little exercise that I'll give some of my amateur students that are struggling making small putts, short putts.
You'll hear the word decelerate the stroke.
I'm not a fan of deceleration.
I'm also not a fan of over acceleration, but this tip is for you people that have what's called a decelerating stroke.
In other words, as the putter is coming in to hit the golf ball, it's slowing down, and you will not see the follow through, as far as the back swing.
So a decelerating stroke looks something like this.
You just won't see a lot of follow through.
What they're not doing, is they're not putting enough force on that ball to get it rolling.
Ultimately, a lot of those people will come up short on their putts.
Here's a little exercise that I do to help fix that, to put a little bit more energy into your putting.
It's called a shove drill.
What you're going to do, is you're going to set up to a golf ball, keep it small.
Don't go more than three feet away.
What you're trying to do, is you're trying to teach yourself how to have power through the impact area.
Again, we don't want to overpower.
We don't want to go too far, but if you're under powering it, here's a great way to fix it.
So you're going to set up to a hole.
Without a back stroke, you're simply going to shove it into the hole.
You're going to push the ball into the hole.
What this does is this trains the muscle group.
Hopefully you're using your chest and shoulders when you're putting.
It trains it to accelerate through the golf ball.
The best putters in the world do not hit putts that actually swing the putter, and the ball gets in the way.
For those of you who are decelerating, odds are, there's an anticipation of impact.
You're anticipating you're about to hit something.
This exercise will teach you to go beyond that point.
There really is not an impact.
You're simply just swinging the putter, and the ball gets in the way.
Once you do that, you're not going to have that decelerating stroke anymore, and you should make some more of these small putts, even mid range putts, so we're trying to work on that acceleration through what I call the shove drill.