Chris Stroud - Putting Routine

Chris Stroud discusses his entire preshot routine in putting. He will use a line on the ball to keep his aim consistent and will take anywhere from 11-13 seconds in his entire preshot routine.


What is your whole routine? I see you-- is that a hide line?

I tried years and years without the line. I tried with the line. I've gone back and forth.

I've figured out my biggest issue in golf or putting is lining up where I think I'm lined up. I spend 90% of my practice on making sure I'm lined up where I'm lined up. So if I think I'm lined up just left to center here, if I didn't use the line, over a month time, I may be off a cup from 10 feet. But what I've learned with the line, if my-- I know my lines pretty close to that spot--

The base lines set.

It is a really good way for me not to get too far off. And to me, it's all about getting our boundaries a little tighter. And for me, that's what that does.

And you told me that you even know how long your routine is.

My routine--

You have an internal clock. It's about 13 seconds.

I worked on the it for years. It's 11 to 13. On a shorter putt, it would be close to 11.

That doesn't seem very much.

It starts as soon as I walk forward, boom. And I may be back a little further sometimes on a longer putt, but I'm usually running here. Soon as I step forward with my left foot, my routine starts.

And it's anywhere from 11 to 13 seconds. The only time it takes longer, if I have an extremely long putt or an extremely difficult putt. If it's a pretty standard putt, rhythm is everything for me.

All right, we're going to-- when you take that step, we're going to put the clock on you to see how your clocks working today.

And you can tell that in off-season that I get a little slow. So that's a perfect example right there.


But in-season, it's a little quicker, a little more efficient. That had a nice rhythm to it.

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Yes, I can feel it. It really is an internal clock. I can feel the flow. If I have any time in there where there's a little thaw, too much thaw, it goes over.

12.3. That's precise.