Putting Tips From a Basketball Coach


One of the most all-time, winning record coaches in history, John Wooden, rarely talked about winning, but he always talked about fundamentals.

Wooden and his UCLA Bruins basketball team, won 10 NCAA championships, in a 12 year period, including seven in a row.

The story goes that, even if a new kid could hit baskets from all over the court, Wooden would have him stand under the basket and hit layup, after layup.

He hammered home the fundamentals of the game!

Wooden’s theory was that in the absolute clutch moments…

When the game was on the line…

He wanted his players to be able to hit the shots that mattered the most.

I thought this was about putting tips?

What does this have to do with improving my golf scores?

Putting Tips | Fundamentals in Putting

Putting is a great place to start with fundamentals.

Bad putting costs golfers more strokes than almost any other problem in golf and the hard part is already over!

For the average player, hitting a green in regulation is an exciting moment.

If you don’t know what a green in regulation is, it’s hitting a par three in one shot, a par four in two shots, or a par five in three shots.

All you have to do now is make two putts and you’re out of there with a par.

I’ll bet there’s been many times when you’ve had this happen to you…

Then you three or even four putt, and walk away with bogey or double bogey.

Putting Tips for Best Putting Practice

The next time you get a chance to practice your putting…

Stop trying to make 30 and 40 footers…

And practice making everything inside 6 to 8 feet.

That’s right…

Throw two or three balls down around the hole, within 6 to 8 feet…putting circle drill

The distance is up to you.

I suggest it’s a distance you struggle with when the pressure is on.

You know, that putt that always costs you beer money!

Now pick a number of putts you’re going to make before you stop practicing.

It can be 4, 6, or 10…

It really doesn’t matter.

Don’t stop putting until you’ve made that many in a row.

When you’ve hit your number…

Set a higher goal and do it again.

The theory behind this is that anyone can get a ball within 6 to 8 feet of the hole, from just about anywhere on the green.

It’s missing those 4, 6 and 8 footers that will cost you strokes, and drive you crazy!

And one more thing before you go.

I want you to drop the word lag putting from your vocabulary!

You should be trying to make EVERY putt!

Yes, even the 30 footers.

Imagine an archer, only trying to get the arrow close to the bull’s-eye?

putt to hit targetHow many bull’s-eyes do you think he’ll make?

Very few, because he isn’t trying to hit it!

The same thing goes for your putting.

But I digress…

We’ll save that for another post. 😉

I highly recommend you take Wooden’s winning theory and apply it to your golf game.

Don’t just apply it to your putting.

Apply it to all aspects of your game and you will find that you shoot much lower scores…

And have a whole lot more fun playing the game!

As always my friends…Long and straight!


Paul “The Golf Guy” Charron

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