Downhill Speed Putting

Bradley Hughes demonstrates how to hit a downhill putt while maintaining aggressiveness.


I'm going to talk about downhill putts. If you have trouble with your speed on these putts there's a reason why. So let me explain.

When we see a downhill putt we know it's going to be faster than normal what we're used to. So the tendency will be to [? decelerate ?] our putter in an attempt to not put too much speed on it because we know it can go whizzing by. So what you'll find a lot of the pros do-- and they'll talk about this-- is they will hit the ball more to the toe of the putter.

They'll line the putt up with the ball. That would be in the middle of the putt or right on my white line there. I'm going to push it across halfway between the white line and the end of my putter.

So now, I can make my normal stroke. My brain knows how far that putt is. It senses it from a lot of practice and a lot of play.

So I know for a 20-foot putt what my stroke needs to feel like. And I gain that feel obviously from practicing and getting used to the greens that I'm playing on the day.

But what that also does by hitting it off the toe a little bit it deadens the putt. So we don't hit it out of the sweet spot. We actually hit it towards the toe a little bit, and it comes off a little bit softer, a little bit slower. The revolutions are a little bit slower on that ball.

So the beauty of that is when I see a 20-foot putt I can still make my 20-foot stroke. I don't have to alter too much. I make my 20-foot stroke, length, everything. Hit it off the toe. And it deadens the putt.

And it still gets down near the hole. So if it doesn't go in I don't have one of those knee knockers back. I've worked out that I can do that and still get the correct speed on the ball by using my same stroke that my eyes and body are telling me to do.