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I'm not sure if this is the right thread to post this in (I debated the thread about putting and why to not accelerate through the ball) or not.   How does one practice the putting stroke slowly?

I'm starting to wonder if my issue with speed is a bad putting stroke, and there's something convenient that I'm doing well on the bead drill (the ruler one) fairly consistently.  So I want to do something to check that my stroke itself is okay, and I got mixed results from a drill from Utley's putting book earlier today.  

Other than "swing the putter very slowly" ... is that the right thing?

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7 hours ago, Shindig said:

I'm not sure if this is the right thread to post this in (I debated the thread about putting and why to not accelerate through the ball) or not.   How does one practice the putting stroke slowly?

I'm starting to wonder if my issue with speed is a bad putting stroke, and there's something convenient that I'm doing well on the bead drill (the ruler one) fairly consistently.  So I want to do something to check that my stroke itself is okay, and I got mixed results from a drill from Utley's putting book earlier today.  

Other than "swing the putter very slowly" ... is that the right thing?

I don’t practice putting slowly because it is a slow stroke already. What you may want to do is practice the rhythm of your stroke. @iacas noticed on my Erie trip that my rhythm had variability with respect to putt length. So I went back and started Rhythm Training again. This COVID drill below really helps. I have a Tempo app on my phone and work on getting my rhythm to be consistent.

 

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Slow doesn’t necessarily apply to putting. Except that it means don’t just rapidly hit a bunch of putts. Take your  time.

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4 hours ago, boogielicious said:

I don’t practice putting slowly because it is a slow stroke already. What you may want to do is practice the rhythm of your stroke. @iacas noticed on my Erie trip that my rhythm had variability with respect to putt length. So I went back and started Rhythm Training again. This COVID drill below really helps. I have a Tempo app on my phone and work on getting my rhythm to be consistent.

 

Thank you.  I really should do the entire practice plan -- Erik went through all that trouble to make it, then about three days in we discovered something really bad about my grip, so I switched to practicing that.  

But I'm definitely going to do this one.  It looks like I need a second alignment stick (I own one, and have a few pulled shafts I use other times), so I'll go pick one up (I hate to delay, but it's going to be tomorrow, not today).  That's going to be Monday's practice and for some time.

2 hours ago, iacas said:

Slow doesn’t necessarily apply to putting. Except that it means don’t just rapidly hit a bunch of putts. Take your  time.

Thank you; that makes a lot of sense.  I wonder if I hit them too quickly (in terms of attempts / minute) when I do the clock drills. 

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Update to previous:  after watching the video, I can definitely commit to doing the first part today (just installed the relevant app) and will get the alignment sticks so I can do the rest tomorrow.  Thanks again!

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