Chris Stroud - Putting Drill With A Ruler (Part 1)

Chris Stroud discusses the putting drill he uses with a 3 foot ruler. He keeps the ruler in his bag at all times, and will use it prior to the round to get his aim and stroke down perfectly (Part 1).

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This is one of your favorite drills. It's not a very expensive piece of hardware here. Explain what this-- I guess it's the meter ruler?

It's a three foot ruler I got at Home Depot. I think this is maybe my third one. I keep it in my bag every day, every round. It never leaves my bag. I use it everyday to warm up on the range and most importantly, on the putting and I'll show you why.

This is literally, three feet ruler with maybe six or 7 inches more. I will start every single more in the same way when I go to the putting green when I warm up for around, practice or a PGA Tour round. Show up and I go straight to the green, I put the ruler down, and I'll hit 10 or 15 putts on the ruler.

Basically, what I'm trying to do is know that-- give my self confidence. If I can hit it on this line this tight--

You're going to try to roll this ball down this ruler?

I'm just going to try to roll-- now you can cheat and hit it really hard. The key is just barely hit it. Let it roll like you would be on the golf course. And I'm just trying to roll it down there. I've got it lined up like I would on the golf course.

And I'm just going to try to hit a few putts. Feel the speed, feel everything, go through my kind of mental routine while I'm putting it, and just see if I can roll it down there. And that's it. I literally do 10 or 15 of these every morning.

And I'm assuming, Chris, that-- I've never done the ruler drill but I've seen it done, and I'm assuming if you can run down this ruler, I'm assuming then-- you have to assume that your stroke is great.


No cut across, no loop you do, whatever you want to call it. If it's running down there, it's kind of-- must free you up to go to the course and maybe just think about, just read?

Exactly. One of the biggest reasons I do line the ball up is for at the end of the day I can go back and say, man that ball really rolled well, or I really rolled the ball well today. And you can see that when you have-- now if I hit a big cut, if I just hit a big cut stroke, you can obviously see, yeah I hit it down the line, but I mean I put a funny spin on that ball. Same thing with the hook stroke.

The other thing I'm aware of looking at this is as you do the reps you are also creating experience for your eyes to recognize what straight looks like.

That's right. All that's exactly right. All training. All of this is just warming up my training for the day. I'm warming up my lining up, my distance to the ball, getting over it, seeing a straight line in my mind in my eye, making sure my putter is square to the back of that, make sure it's not open, it's not closed, and then most importantly, when I strike the putt is it rolling down the ruler, I want it to is it rolling end over end.

You want it to be real precise, too.

I want to be very precise. And, you know, we've all had days where we get up. We have to get up at 4:30 or 5 and you get there to the golf course. We eat breakfast. It's not even light out. Your hitting balls in the, you know, on the lit up range in the morning.

And I've had tea times at 6:50 in Cancun, and you can't see anything. You can barely warm up. Your body-- you're still tired. You're trying to wake up. Try to get a little coffee in you.

And then, this is all calibration. It's just all trying to get you woken up. And for me, I'm trying to wake up my eyes, wake up my body. I've gotten out there days and I mean I'm shaking, and I had a couple of beers the night before. You know, you're just not quite feeling right. This is a great drill to get you really honed in.