The number one reason why amateurs miss short putts is deceleration. This symptom can creep up in many parts of your game, especially with chipping and putting. If you notice yourself stubbing chips and putts, or have trouble making all your short putts, I would bet you’re decelerating into impact.
I cannot stress enough the importance of acceleration when putting – not doing so can be deadly. Ensuring you accelerate into impact will help your short game tremendously. You will longer have to worry about short putts or the occasional stub, because if you follow-through, the ball has nowhere to go but forward. On the other hand, you have to be careful. If you start over-thinking things and try to steer your shots, the deceleration bug can creep in, and you’re game will suffer accordingly. Deceleration in many cases leads to the dreaded yips.
I use this simple drill to encourage an accelerating stroke on the putting green. Simply putt to a hole about 5-10 feet away, but place a headcover / ball / range bucket in the way of your backswing to keep it short. This forces you to accelerate into the ball and the results are immediate.
I would recommend everyone try this drill, because sometime spotting that you are decelerating is difficult. Don’t miss it!
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No putt should ever be hit with a decelrating stroke. Keeping the wrists firm., stroke through the ball, hitting it to the back of the hole. Slowing the stroke or stopping it only brings the wrists into play, creating a push or pull and lack of confidence. Be bold and putt firm.