From The Tee Box To The Bottom Of The Cup

Putting Out With Greg Bisconti

“Putting is all about feel,” according to St. Andrew’s Golf Club head pro Greg Bisconti. “You have to decide on the pace you want to put on your ball before you choose a line. Do you want to lag it, die it into the hole or ram it into the back of the cup?” 

Bisconti, winner of the crystal trophy as low club pro at the 2009 PGA Championship at Hazeltine, recommends several drills to help you learn to control the pace of your putts. He suggests you practice them at about 10 feet from the cup.

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Hit putts while looking at the hole instead of the ball, like Jordan Speith does.

Putt with your eyes closed, then guess how close you came before you open your eyes.

Keeping your eyes on the ball, alternate between hitting harder and softer putts, again guessing your results before you look up.

The last thing you should think about when putting for real is your stroke.  Bisconti says, “The only thought that should be in your head is either nothing or the target.”