Putting On Fast Greens, Advice on Short Putts (Video)
Putting On Fast Greens, Advice on Short Putts (Video)

Fast greens are not something to be feared because the ball on the faster green will actually hold the line a lot truer, but obviously the speed and the distance control become a little bit more challenging the quicker the green becomes. So what I suggest you work on doing is really focusing on your tempo work and maintaining your tempo. The tendency can be on a really quick green that if you keep your tempo up, you stroke the ball at the hole if you got the same swing length that you would normally use, the ball is going to go way past. And with that bigger swing length the tendency can be that you’ll slow down and slow your tempo down and now you’ll decelerate as you hit the ball and only trickle it halfway to the hole.

So really maintain a good tempo but work on shortening the stroke to allow for the fact that the green’s a lot faster. And a great drill and tip to work on here is practice putting on a very hard surface. So practice putting on you know laminate floor or a tiled floor when you are at home and that will give you that quicker speed that your faster green will tend to have. You can then work on picking an object that you want to hit the ball to and look for a mark about halfway between the ball and where you want to get the ball to. And work on hitting the ball over that spot that’s halfway to the hole, but just so that its trickling as it moves over that spot rather than rolling so fast. So my tips here would be for those faster green is look at what’s halfway between the ball and the hole. Pick that spot and get the ball to trickle over and also to keep your tempo really constant. Make a much smaller swing but with the same tempo and that will get you hitting really good putts on fast greens.
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Fast greens are not something to be feared because the ball on the faster green will actually hold the line a lot truer, but obviously the speed and the distance control become a little bit more challenging the quicker the green becomes. So what I suggest you work on doing is really focusing on your tempo work and maintaining your tempo. The tendency can be on a really quick green that if you keep your tempo up, you stroke the ball at the hole if you got the same swing length that you would normally use, the ball is going to go way past. And with that bigger swing length the tendency can be that you’ll slow down and slow your tempo down and now you’ll decelerate as you hit the ball and only trickle it halfway to the hole.

So really maintain a good tempo but work on shortening the stroke to allow for the fact that the green’s a lot faster. And a great drill and tip to work on here is practice putting on a very hard surface. So practice putting on you know laminate floor or a tiled floor when you are at home and that will give you that quicker speed that your faster green will tend to have. You can then work on picking an object that you want to hit the ball to and look for a mark about halfway between the ball and where you want to get the ball to. And work on hitting the ball over that spot that’s halfway to the hole, but just so that its trickling as it moves over that spot rather than rolling so fast. So my tips here would be for those faster green is look at what’s halfway between the ball and the hole. Pick that spot and get the ball to trickle over and also to keep your tempo really constant. Make a much smaller swing but with the same tempo and that will get you hitting really good putts on fast greens.