Have you ever heard that when you putt to control distance, you’re going to take the putter back at the same speed, but you’re just going to vary the length of the back swing to control how far the ball goes? According to PGA Tour coach Shawn Cox, this is not correct.
- Golf Professional of the Year – Southern California PGA 2018
- Horton Smith Award – Southern California PGA, 2016, San Diego PGA, 2015
- Golf Professional of the Year – San Diego PGA, 2013
- Merchandiser of the Year – Shawn Cox, Southern California PGA, 2011
Cox explains that there is something called resonance in the timing and tempo of your stroke. He suggests practicing constant motion swings to get a feel for the right tempo. If you take the putter back too slow, you will be gripping too tight. If you try to do it too fast, you will feel a shock in your stomach.
Cox also suggests using a metronome to help you learn the right tempo. The average for PGA Tour players is 68 beats per minute. If you set the metronome to 68 beats, you can take the putter back on a beat and hit it at a beat. This will help you learn to control how far your ball goes.