The Putting Ratio
The 2019 PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit held in January in Orlando, Florida was well worth the time and energy.
I always attend my association's bi-annual conferences with an open mind and search for common themes shared in my field of teaching. I pursue areas of interest in the
break-out sessions and continuing education seminars and better prepare myself to share those ideas with you.
Four of my twelve sessions centered around the topic of putting --
especially the characteristic of distance and speed control.
The consensus for distance control in putting is mastery of the 2:1 ratio!! So what is the 2 to 1 ratio?
This metric is measured in time, not speed, consists of the backswing of the putting stroke taking twice as long as the downswing stroke to impact.
The MAGICAL numbers, if using a metronome, or a device that we use called Blast Motion (right), is .6 backstroke and .3 downstroke (below). Our sensor pairs with the I-pad and allows us to measure and quantify.
It is important to note that this 2:1 ratio applies to a 3 footer or a 63 footer, uphill or down!
All of our Level 2 Short Game Schools will feature this Blast Motion station for optimal improvement in distance control.
Bottom line, TEMPO is the key in putting. Sure, there other points of concern, but the main metric in distance control is steady acceleration!