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September 12, 2019

– Well good morning, Adam Bazalgette back here in Naples, Florida. I’m two-time PGA Teacher of the
Year award winner down here, and founder of Scratch Golf Academy. Today an important topic, could really make a
difference in your game. Golf putting tempo. What’s a proper tempo for putting. Let’s check it out. (lively instrumental music) Okay, so let’s talk
about golf putting tempo. There’s two components
that you have to know. And there’s a lot more detail to it, and I have more videos on that. But if you get these two core components, you can practice effectively. If you like the video subscribe
to the channel, please. Love to get you more free
content, going forward. You can also make a comment if there’s other topics you’d like me to address in the future. But back to putting tempo, there’s two main structural points. Number one, we want a pendulum. Now there’s several aspects of a pendulum that would be relevant. Number one, it’s equal back and through, and also in a pendulum and
this is really important there is a natural gravitational
acceleration to a peak. Or a crescendo at the bottom, followed by of course an equal
and opposite deceleration. Now why is that important? In a regular golf shot,
if it’s any good there is a dynamic acceleration. There is more than gravitational buildup if you want to hit the ball very far. We don’t want that with putting. We don’t want to whack at the ball. We want to have a very repeatable, gravitational type of acceleration. Why do we want that? It’s very easy to repeat. Second point, this is really important in a pendulum top speed
is right at the bottom, but it’s also most stability. In other words, the putter
has stopped accelerating hasn’t really started to decelerate. It’s just coasting for those few inches. So a natural flow, where it’s even at the bottom is what we want. And the other thing that’s the
other main core point of this is no matter what size stroke you make, whether it’s a 50, 60 foot putt or a five, six, four foot
putt or something like that. Your rhythm should not vary. Your rhythm should be exactly the same. Now I’ve got my telephone here. I’m hoping a text or
something doesn’t go off. And if I put my metronome app up here, and you can find there’s
about 200 free ones. This is set at 75. It’s a very average to a rhythm. So start with a 75, if you
download a metronome app. Maybe go up as high as 80 or as low as upper 60s or something like that. You hear that,
(metronome clicking) now what that would, what you would try to repeat there is you’d start on one
beat, strike on the other. And don’t wait to hear the beat to start. Just go as your anticipating the beat. Watch this.
(metronome clicking) And again whatever the length
of putt, this doesn’t vary. (metronome clicking) Short putt. Long putt. So you got to practice
that a little bit till that’s your signature rhythm
when you putt like that. That is gonna add such
an element of consistency to your putting if you can do that. If you don’t have a metronome app, or if you don’t carry your cell phone around with you like that. Just tick-tock in your head
till you get a rhythm you like. One little point here, practice without a hole
when you start that. Don’t aim at a hole
and try to put this in. Just roll some balls till
you find a rhythm you like. So two points again, and again
we got a lot more content on this back at our home website. Number one, always the same rhythm. Obviously a bigger putt’s gonna have more overall energy and speed, it’s going a bigger
distance in the same amount of time as a small one. And the other thing is pendulum motion. Just like tossing a ball. We do not want to bash at the
ball, and over accelerate. Okay, I hope that helps you a little bit. Gives you a couple of structural ideas that you can get out and practice. Start again, practicing without a target. Just get the feel for it. If you like the video, please
subscribe to the channel. Would appreciate that, would
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on extra yardage there. Happy to have you take advantage of that. Love to have you see that. Again, if you want to leave a comment. Maybe a topic you want me
to address in the future. I’d appreciate it, I’ll get back to you. Thanks again for your time. I appreciate your
interest in these videos. (lively instrumental music) (mouse clicking)


  • Reply David Lee May 15, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I think there is a (paid for ) app called puttronome which is golf specific – but this drill has really helped me in the past

  • Reply Charley stephen May 19, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Hmore putting videos

  • Reply Stef Andrews May 22, 2016 at 1:58 am

    I use left hand low with a forward press, Seems like a lot of pros putt like that. What do you think?

  • Reply Derek Budde May 27, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    I would like to hear your thoughts on the last second forward press of the hands forward (i.e. Spieth) what does that help him do?

  • Reply Ken Justice July 11, 2016 at 9:24 am

    This drill is great! Thx, from my wife Debi. 😊

  • Reply Prabakara Papuri December 6, 2016 at 9:27 am


  • Reply Shengli Wang February 12, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I have been viewing your videos on youtube quite while. I like them so much.
    One thing I would like to ask your opinion about how to put a ball in a desired distance you want. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Robert LeGendre March 3, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    I have read where most good golfers have a 2:1 backswing:forward swing ratio for putting.  You have indicated you use 1:1.
    What is your advice on that?

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  • Reply Jamie Hein October 12, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Great video. Helped tremendously with Putts outside 30 feet

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