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Absolutely fantastic to have you here today. I’ve got to tell you, I have one of the best putting devices that I’ve ever seen in front of me today, it’s called the Roll the Rock.
I was reaching out to the guys from Eye Line Golf, they usually send me over all their training aids for me to test. I saw this one on their website and I said man, I’ve got to have this, this looks really cool.
A really great way to train your speed control in putting, and you can do it right from your living room which is super nice, really convenient if you want to get better at your house, that’s one of the quickest ways to do it.
They said hey, I’d love to send you one, but we’ve been sold out for a while in these. These things have just been flying off the shelves, way more demand for these than we were expecting, and we’ll send you one as soon we got in.
I saw the reason why they were selling so quickly once I got mine in, this is the best way to train speed control indoors that I’ve found without having some kind of $10,000 piece of technology, and it’s a lot more fun.
I’ve noticed that even kids love to play this from the color coordination, and we’ll go over that here in a second.
If you have kids, grandkids, anything like that, they’ll love playing this. It’s a serious training aid, I use this for my own putting. If you’re a Tour player you could use this for your putting.
Now the idea with this mat which is really cool, pretty dag-gone genius. I didn’t come up with it myself, a guy named Adam Kolloff, I’m guess, did that. So shout out to Adam, pretty dag-gone smart training aid here.
The idea with this mat is I can start from different colored zones, so I’d be farther or closer to the ramp.
Then wherever I hit on this ramp, so notice the color it stops on when it rolls up the ramp, that was at the end of the green. That’s going to roll back to the corresponding zone on the mat when rolls out.
So it’s showing you very accurately how well you’re controlling your speed control. I can also putt, use these little circles. If I ball rolls just kind of over the edge of the circle, that would be kind of a lip in.
If I roll barely over the edge of this this other circle, that would be a lip in on the other side. So basically as long as any part of my ball is touching this number, that would have been a made putt.
So you can not only control your speed which is crucial, we’ll get to here in a minute, but you can control your aim at the same time.
The general theory here is just I’m going to try to pick a specific number to roll it to, the ball’s going to roll back, and then I’m going to get to putt again.
The cool thing is, if you have a playing partner or you have some people around the house, you can play against each other. It’s really easy to make this a game because you can very easily keep score.
I like to play Horse, where you and a partner would play just like you’d Horse like you’re shooting a basketball. You pick a zone to hit to, if you make it, it counts, they have to match. If you miss it, then they get to pick a zone.
That’s a really fun, easy game to play with this. One of the reasons, probably more importantly here, that I think this is so great, is it goes in with how your body learns to control speed.
Now I’ve fallen into the trap, and we’ve all fallen into the trap, of trying to hit the same putt over and over, and I kind of grew up thinking that we’re all like robots.
If I can just hit the same putt time, and time, and time again, and make a thousand of them or whatever, that I’m going to completely engrain that, and I’m going to be able to transfer that over to the course.
Now there’s tons of research out there, I’ve really been studying motor learning a lot the last handful of years.
What they have found through tons of research studies, is that doing the same thing over and over again is not the best way to learn. Actually varying what you’re trying to is the best way to learn.
If I’m sitting here putting on this mat, the last thing I want to do is just putt to the same number every single time. I want to go ahead and set up to this putt, and I’ll say OK, let me try to pick number 3 there. Let’s see if I can get it to roll to that one.
Now what your brain is doing is, you’re saying OK, I’m going to feel what I think number 3 is going to be like, and then I’m get immediate feedback. If I’m off, I can see that right away.
So barely, probably going to stay on the end of the gray, I barely got in a 3, so that was a successful attempt, and then I would move to the next one.
Now, when I putt this next putt, let’s say I’m only going to go to number 1, I have to adjust my feel more accurately or I’ll be able to adjust my feel more accurately as I practice this, and I have to adapt.
Now that’s exactly how you play when you’re on the golf course. On the golf course you don’t get to hit that six-footer 15 times in a row until you make one.
You have one putt, and then you have to adjust and hit another one, and another one. So your ability to putt well, is less about how many times in a row you can do something, and how well you can adjust.
That’s what’s called random practice, and that’s why I highly recommend when you’re putting with this mat, always be varying up the numbers that you’re trying to hit.
Another question I’ll get all the time is, what’s more important when we’re putting, the speed control or the directional control.
I think the most common-sense thing to fall into is to say, well I have to be able to hit this putt on line. If I can’t putt it in the right direction, I’m not going to be able to make the putt.
That’s what I always thought growing up. I kind of found that that’s not quite the case. Here’s the reason why.
Even if I have a dead straight putt, I’m still going to have to hit it the correct speed to make that. So if I hit a little short, obviously it’s not going to go in.
If I blast it too far by, you can only hit the ball to where it would roll about five feet past the hole before it starts hitting the center of the cup and popping out and missing.
If I hit it with the wrong speed, I’m obviously going to miss. But kind of a more interesting point with this, is what about breaking putts?
Let’s imagine here, I know I don’t have this putt, but let’s imagine that I’m aiming to a putt that’s six or eight feet away, and let’s say it’s got a foot of break in it.
I’m lining it up to the right, and it’s going to break in with a foot of break. Now I have to hit it the perfect speed to get it to break exactly that foot.
If I was to hit it a little firmer or harder, then I could take a little less break. Maybe I’d only have to play it three or four inches outside of the hole to get it to break back in.
If I was going to hit it a little slower, maybe I could play two feet of break. The crazy thing is, when you find very severe slopes, kind of more on extreme side, but you can have as much of six feet of different aiming points.
I can aim from a foot outside the hole, all the way up to seven foot outside the hole, and I’m talking about a 10-footer here, and make every single one of those depending on what speed I’m hitting.
What I found when I’ve tested players, is they have usually a pretty decent idea of what direction they’re hitting.
It’s not too bad, because we get immediate feedback, the direction we’re hitting, and we pay attention to that much more than we do the speed.
Where I find players that don’t putt very well, where they’re really off track, is they’re not able to roll this ball with the correct speed. So they try to hit number 3 and all of a sudden, they’re well short of it down by number 2 or number 1.
But if you train on this mat, because you get immediate feedback, because it’s easy to see what’s going on, you’re going to improve right away which is really, really cool. You’re going to make a lot more putts.
Now I can’t reiterate this enough. One of the biggest things in testing when I’ve studied a lot of motor learning papers, is the ability to transfer what you do in practice to what you do when you’re out there on the course performing.
This is really cool. If you want to be the guy that’s clutch, that makes those big putts, that always is the guy that wants to have the putter in your hand when there’s money on the line, or a tournament on the line, or maybe just to beat your body, this is very important.
You have to practice a specific way to make that happen. So when they tested this, let me give you an example again of the block practice, you’re doing the same thing over, and over again.
If I was to set up on this number 2 on this board, and try to putt to the number 2, on the ramp, eventually I would get very good at hitting that, and I would actually get pretty good at hitting that fairly quickly.
The fastest way for me to get good at hitting this number 2 would be to do the same thing over and over again. Then I’d kind of hone that in.
Now the problem is, when they do a retention test in these studies, and they say OK, let’s wait a week, or let’s wait a day, or a month, and then come back out to the course and try to recreate that in a real putting scenario, this falls apart. There’s no retention.
So what feels really good when you’re practicing doesn’t hold up on the course. You kind of fall apart.
You’ve seen a lot of guys do really well when they’re putting, really well when they’re on the driving range, and then when you get out to the course it all just goes down the tank.
The way to do this properly, again, if you want that to retain and go to the course, we have to vary what we’re doing here.
The interesting side-note to this is you’re actually going to perform worse while you’re practicing.
You’re going to feel like you’re not getting better as fast as you could if you did the same thing over and over again, but that’s going to carry over the course and you’re actually going to improve when you go out to the course and when it really matters.
So now let’s get to the part that matters, how do we actually work on this? We know that we want to practice and hit this ramp.
I’ll tell you what, if you did nothing else other than grab a golf ball and start using this to train, you’re going to improve really fast.
Let me give you a couple little tips here to help control your speed better. Number one is going to be how long, and what they found is how long my backstroke is.
If my backstroke gets too long, and them I’m decelerating into the putt, that’s going to get very inconsistent. I’ve done a lot of training with Sam Putt Lab, that has studied over 150 professional golfers.
What they’ve found is there’s kind of a range on how long and how short you should go back to be consistent with your speed control.
So I’m trying to hit the number 3 there, let’s say, and I make a really long backswing, I’m going to have a tough time hitting the 3 because I’m almost having to slow down.
If I was to accelerate through that putt, with that big, long, flowing backswing, I’m going to go way too hard.
My body senses that, and it says I don’t want to do that, I’m going to decelerate, that’s going to make it really tough for me to control my speed.
Now on the hand, on the other end of the spectrum, if I go really short, I would have to accelerate really fast.
So now a little short backswing, kind of a pop stroke, that’s going to be a little easier to control your speed compared to too long and decelerating, but it’s still not the best.
If I overaccelerate, or if I have a little short backswing and I really have to accelerate fast, that gets it tough. Sometimes I’m going to accelerate a little too much, my speed goes to fast.
Sometimes I’m going to accelerate not quite enough, and my speed’s going to go too slow.
So here’s a cool, again keeping with the same idea of random practice and variability training, what I recommend that you do is make one putting stroke trying to hit that number and try to go way too far back and see if you can hit right on the number you’re talking about.
You’ll find it just feels a little awkward when I go way, way far back like that. I have a tough time getting it exactly right, I feel like I get a little decelerating coming through the stroke. Then, go on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Do the one where you go really short, and then you pop through it and you’re going to feel like OK, I get some good ones there, but again, tough to really control my speed exactly, because I feel like I don’t have the touch and feel that I would if I was a little smoother.
Once you’ve done some of those, go back to the middle and then try to find that sweet spot of how long and how far through you come to be able to get your speed very, very consistent.
So that’s the fastest way to do that. Again, it seems like we should just tell me how I’m supposed to take it back, and how far I’m supposed to take it through, and let’s do exactly that.
That’s good practice, it would help if I told you that, but the fastest way for you to learn that and for it to transfer to the course is actually very really long, really short, and then find somewhere in the sweet spot there in the middle.
That’s going to retain the best for you, rather than just trying to do the same thing every single time. So again, this mat is great for that, great practice, and that’s one of the drills that I would definitely work on, working on your speed.
Now when I’m doing that drill, I do want to try to go from the same color each time. If I start varying up going from different colors and different backswing lengths, that can get a little bit complicated and I’m not quite sure what I’m doing.
I want to keep that where I’m going from the same color. Once I get that down, then I can vary up the colors from there.
That’s what’s called a challenge point, basically meaning that I want to make whatever drill that I’m doing, I want to be able to have a certain degree of success with it, and I’m going to learn the most from that.
So great mat, great training aid, and man, I love the Roll the Rock. Now if you’d like to purchase your own Roll the Rock, now that they have them back in stock, make sure you click the link below on this page, below this video.
That’ll send you to a page where you can get all the info on that, and start training today. I love this thing, I know you guys are too, and it’s going to help you drain a lot more putts.