10-20-30-40 Ladder Putting Drill: How to Improve Putting Speed Control

10-20-30-40 Putting Speed Drill

For this drill drop 4 golf balls on the ground and measure out distances that are 10 feet, 20 feet, 30 feet, and 40 feet away from these golf balls.

Mark each distance with a tee in the ground.

Hit the first ball to the tee that is 10 feet away. Then hit the next ball to 20 feet, then 30 feet, and lastly 40 feet until you’ve putted all 4 balls.

The goal is to hit each tee but if the ball misses the tee, the second goal is to have it stop within a putter head’s distance from the tee.

Since a putter head is only a few inches in length, this fine tunes your speed control as it only gives you a few inches of margin of error to control speed.

The small tee trains you to focus in more since it is a smaller target and it will make putting to a hole feel much easier when you switch back as the hole will appear much larger.

To pass the drill, try to get all 4 balls within a putter head length of the tee in the same round (in a row).

However if, for example, the 10 foot putt hits the tee but the 20 foot putt ends up further than a few inches from the tee and fails, the whole drill fails. Start over.

This makes it extremely challenging putting drill and places pressure on you to get your longer putts close to the tee so you don’t have to restart all over again.

You can also do this drill in reverse putting first to the 40 foot tee and working in: 30 feet, 20 feet, 10 feet

If you pass this drill, you’ll have developed exceptional feel for speed control so expect to fail many times and many days even if you can’t pass the putting drill on the first day you try it.

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