Scott Trethewey

Scott Trethewey

The question I always ask of my students when it comes to putting is “What is the most important aspect of putting, DISTANCE or DIRECTION?” My answer is always DISTANCE. If you can control the distance of your putts you will always be a more consistent putter. A putt that is too hard or too soft will never go in. I work on distance drills 75% of the time when teaching and practicing. One drill everyone should use when getting to the course, whether its your home course or a new course, is the “Ladder Drill”. Take 3 balls out to the green and start by putting one across the green about 10’ or so(not to a hole). Take the next one and putt that just past the first one ON THE HIGH SIDE. Do the same with the third ball ON THE HIGH SIDE of the second. The distance between each ball should be the same, just like the rungs of a ladder. This drill will help you develop feel AND help you with reading greens. Understanding that a putt will fall in ON THE HIGH SIDE is the key to becoming a better putter. Combining the right speed with the right speed is what separates good putters from great putters. Try this out the next time you go to the course. Instead of putting three balls down and trying to make 15’ putts, which even the best players in the world are less than 50% successful at, is not the way to build confidence or feel. – Scott Trethewey, PGA, Country Club of New Bedford