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Need to hone in on the green speed quickly? Try this putting drill

This is a great drill to maximize your time on the putting green.


We’ve all been there: Running late to a tee time.

Whether you had a little too much fun the night before or simply slept through an alarm, you show up to the course with no time to hit balls and just a few minutes to roll some putts before you tee off.

If you find yourself in this situation, Short Game Gains founder and pro golfer Hannah Gregg has the perfect drill in the video you can watch below.

Gregg sets up three balls at three different lengths, anywhere from 12 to 24 feet, from one of Short Game Gains’ ghost holes, a flat disc meant to simulate a golf hole, and then an alignment rod about 1-2 feet beyond the ghost hole.

The goal is to roll each ball over the ghost hole and stop the ball before the alignment rod.

Since the ghost hole is flat and has no cup, Gregg says the drill will expose how good or bad your speed control is.

“It’s just another visual to give you feedback of what exactly you’re doing,” Gregg said.

Gregg said she uses the drill every time before she goes out to play because it’s a great way to adjust to different green speeds.

So the next time you find yourself in need to find the speed of the greens quickly, try using the ghost hole and the alignment rod to quickly find out how well you have your speed control dialed in.

Jack Hirsh Editor

Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is 2020 graduate of Penn State University, earning degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his high school golf team and still *tries* to remain competitive in local amateurs. Before joining GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but also producing, anchoring and even presenting the weather. He can be reached at



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