Tiger Woods: The Best Putter in the World


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Here is a look at the set up, routine, stroke, rhythm and tempo of the man who can roll it better than anyone else on the planet.


26 responses to “Tiger Woods: The Best Putter in the World”

  1. swagcity says:

    Is his head behind the ball here?

  2. cabey071 says:

    He had a slight spine tilt back then. His putting was never as good when he straightened up that spine angle

  3. Ed Floody says:

    If you watch his year 2000 long putts if he ever missed they'd go blowing by the hole 5 ft or more. Now he looks afraid and everything is a lag putt. Fear will do that to a man that does not have confidence.

  4. lovetogolf says:

    He was   Putt for doe and drive for show  His putts were amazing back in the day!!!

  5. e james says:

    we really don't know what shape tiger's putting is in because he hasn't had a meaningfull putt in years…………

  6. Krazy Uncle says:

    I've tried this drill. It works!

  7. Gman6755 says:

    Nice video Wayne! Always searching for that putting tip that will get that pesky ball in the hole on the greens, especially those shorties!

  8. Kevin M says:

    I've been trying to incorporate the Sam Snead left heel 'micro-press' to initiate my full swing. I saw your video about lower body initiation and later saw a slow-motion of Tom Watson who also seemed to have a similar first move from the ground (before hands). He was a fair ball-striker too, yes? Could you do a full Watson analysis?

  9. Kevin M says:

    Been working along those lines and it's improved my putting stroke. I thought there might be a more accurate way to train my muscles to the 2:1, but your approach works. Is the benefit of the faster timing a shorter, more controlled stroke?

  10. I time tiger at between 85 and 90 bpm. I don't think you're going to have much luck trying to 2:1 the stroke. Just put the metronome on 85 and anticipate the beat rather than waiting for it. A forward press is an example of flowing into the rhythm. I feel like I slur the one (lenthen it) then accent the 2. So take it back as you anticipate the one, then hit it on the 2 with a slight pop. You will find that your forward stroke will be a bit shorter than your backstroke on longer putts.

  11. Kevin M says:

    Wayne, enjoy your analyses. I've learned a lot. I wanted to ask the BPM of Tiger's putts from end of backswing to finish of follow-through? I would find this an easier number to use with the metronome to ensure that my backswing was twice as long as the downswing to get that 2:1 ratio and still have tiger's speed of stroke. Thanks.

  12. You are correct. A metronome measures tempo, while rhythm is the manner in which you divide up the time. I should have used the word tempo in the sentence "the best putters have a constant tempo for all putts". Thus, the metronome stays on 85 (or whatever) and the stroke fits itself into that time frame. The rhythm can be measured by the amount of time it takes the putter to first move away in the takeaway to the point at which it changes direction, then that first move forward to impact.

  13. Sorry. Research shows that the best putters (in fact all measured tour players) have a constant rhythm for all putts. The stroke fits itself into the beat by getting slower and shorter for shorter putts, then longer and faster for longer ones. I know it seems counter-intuitive (I was surprised myself), but that is the case.

  14. rcortesim says:

    85 bpm might be good for the length of putt we see here, but you cannot for longer putts, nor shorter putts and still maintain a smooth rhythm. The longer the putt, the longer the pendulum swings (lower number) – the shorter the putt, the shorter the pendulum swings (higher number). Ask any musician that has used a mechanical pendulum metronome.

  15. chubbs0050 says:

    how many majors has Luke Donald won? oh yea thats right…and how many has Tiger won? think before you post

  16. uhm the best putter in the world is luke donald

  17. Dreama40 says:

    Imagine a thumb tack in the back of the ball at address, now knock the thumb tack in on your forward stroke(thats the visual your going for), it will help promote a nice accellerating stroke which will lead to more holed putts. Goodluck 🙂

  18. DASH1ful says:

    send danger from the east to the west and let honour cross it from the north to the south

  19. obviously it's pretty tough to criticise that cat. HOWEVER pros who finish abbreviated confuse me. how do you ever control speed by interrupting momentum?

  20. One thing I've been working on with my putting is getting the grip with my right hand and aiming the putt, then put the left hand on, and then within about 2 seconds I go ahead and putt. I find that I miss less putts this way and eliminate second thoughts. The other thing I really try to drill into my mind is Distance, something my brother told me was The most important thought especially on longer putts.

  21. Ryan says:

    Definitely learned some good things to think about from this video.

  22. Wayne, I am an older golfer and my shorter putts are not bad, but my lag putting is so bad at times I am happy to get it within 10 feet…Help….lol. Btw, my longer game still survives pretty well for a guy pushing 60.

  23. @matthewsimone92 No, 2 is contact.

  24. wayne excellent video. for the 85 bpm metronome part, is beat 1 the start of the backstroke and beat 2 the end of the forward stroke after contact?

  25. Mini Mog says:

    How about 1 & 2, it's not much, but it's easier to say and you wont get a sense of urgency to speed up to catch 2 through the follow thru of the putter.

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