U.S.A Ryder Cup hero shares putting secrets


Brandt Snedeker mastered the greens at Hazeltine during the Ryder Cup and in our latest issue he has been sharing his secrets.

He openly admits he's no match for Bubba or Dustin in the power stakes, but Brandt Snedeker has always subscribed to the theory that you drive for show, putt for dough.

His old-school "popping" stroke has become his trademark down the years, and it's proven pretty effective too – bagging more than $30 million in the process.

In three of his last four seasons on the PGA Tour, he has finished inside the top five in strokes gained on the putting green, making him the envy of the locker room.

His peers point to his ice-cool composure, but as the 35-year-old explains, it all starts with consistency in the set-up.

1 I think having consistency with your speed is the biggest thing

Whether it's dying the ball in the hole or running it a few feet by, you want to know your ball will be rolling the same speed every time.

It makes reading putts easier and promotes trust in your decision making.

If you start varying your speed, your reads are going to be completely off. I'm a big fan of being more aggressive but there are plenty of great putters who like to die the ball into the hole.

There's no right or wrong way; as long as you are consistent with what you're doing, you'll be fine.

2 Ninety per cent of my putting practice is from three-to-five feet

That's exactly what amateurs need to do as well.

If you're making most of these putts, it should eliminate three-putts and allow you to take advantage of a good iron shot too.

The better you get from this distance, the more you're going to roll 10-to-20-footers with a lot less fear.

It will also give you confidence, instant feedback on your roll and tell you if you're seeing the right lines.

For all ten of Snedeker's tips pick up issue 353 of Today's Golfer or purchase our e-edition.