By Tom Clarke
Golf Monthly Top 25 coaches Andrew Jones and Paul Foston explain the importance of short putt speed when it comes to holing out.
In this short putt speed video, Andrew Jones offers some fascinating insight into how hard you should hit your short putts and he provides some simple drills to help you. We have also added the thoughts, below, of Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Paul Foston.
Short putt speed video
When you face a short putt you an important choice to make. Do you ram the ball hard into the back of the hole removing the break or do you dribble it in allowing for the slope?
I don’t like my pupils to have a one-size fits all approach here because, for me, this decision depends on a couple of key factors.
Firstly, how fast are the greens? Remember the faster the ball is running at the hole, the more likely it is to lip out so if the greens are really slick you need to treat them with care.
Secondly, how much break is there? If the putt is straight, a firm strike should help take out the effect of any imperfections on the green.
Likewise, if the break is subtle, hitting the ball hard and straight will remove any indecision. If in doubt, firm and straight!
If however, the putt breaks a lot, hit it gently and allow for the slope as you need to maximise the size of the hole in this scenario.
The firmer you hit the putt, the smaller you essentially make the hole. A deadweight putt has more chance of lipping in than a ball hit with enough speed to finish 4 feet past.
If there greens aren't rolling particularly true, such as in the Winter, hitting putts firmly will reduce the chance of the putt bobbling offline and missing.
In matchplay, if the putt is for a half then be positive and hit it firm. If the putt is to win the hole and the one coming back might matter, perhaps be a little more conservative with your speed on the first putt.
If you are going to ram a short putts in, use the alignment mark on your ball to aim at the back of the hole. Being precise over your aim is critical and this quick tip will definitely help.