Putting – Tempo – How do I Improve?

Putting – Tempo – How do I Improve?

Drill: Consistent Timing – Tempo
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Problem
Tempo ratio is inconsistent or is not equal to the ideal 2.0:1 ratio, making it difficult to judge the proper speed and distance.

Solution
Make putts at various distances (e.g., 3 feet, 10 feet, and 30 feet). Review your Back Stroke Time and analyze your results. The Back Stroke Time should remain the same, even though the distances change. Once you find your signature number, which is generally close to 0.60 seconds, make putts at various distances, attempting to match your ideal Back Stroke Time within 0.05 seconds. Then divide your Back Stroke Time by two to find your ideal Forward Stroke Time. Once you find your signature number, which is generally close to 0.30 seconds, make putts at various distances (e.g., 3 feet, 10 feet, and 30 feet). Review your Forward Stroke Time and analyze your results, attempting to match your ideal Forward Stroke Time within 0.05 seconds.  The Forward Stroke Time should remain the same, even though the distances change.
Then do the same for Tempo, which should be as close to 2.0:1 as possible. Making putts at various distances while attempting to match your ideal Tempo within 0.1:1. Perform this drill for 10-15 minutes during every training session.

Focus Keys
Focus on the feel of your consistent Timing and Tempo. What does too fast feel like? What does too slow feel like? Back Stroke Time should be approximately 0.60 seconds, regardless of the length of the putt. Forward Stroke Time should be approximately 0.30 seconds, regardless of the length of the putt. Aim to be within 0.05 seconds of your ideal Back Stroke Time and Forward Stroke Time. Tempo should be approximately 2.0:1, regardless of the length of the putt.

Goal
The goal of this drill is to train your body to create a consistent and repetitive timing pattern in order to consistently and efficiently transfer energy from the putter head to the ball.