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Practice Like Jordan Spieth: Three Point

Cameron McCormick, swing coach to PGA Pro Jordan Spieth, teaches you how to control the accuracy of your putter face, read the green correctly, and hit your ball with the right speed.

Released on 6/8/2016

Credits

Starring: Cameron McCormick

Transcript

00:00
Hello!
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Heads up!
00:06
(laughter)
00:07
(upbeat music)
00:17
If you're wondering why Jordan Spieth
00:18
is such a fantastic putter,
00:20
it's because he marries together the triad
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of important variables to make a great putter.
00:24
His ability to control the accuracy of the putter face,
00:27
his ability to read greens correctly,
00:29
and his ability to hit it with the right speed.
00:31
So this game, called three point,
00:33
trains you to marry together those variables.
00:36
Let me show you how it works.
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You place a tee in the ground
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that marks your starting location.
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You've got five balls sitting in front of you.
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You take two small coins, they could be pennies,
00:44
or in this case, I'm using dimes,
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and you place a gate halfway to two thirds of the distance
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along the balls travel towards the hole.
00:53
So imagine the paint brush arc that ball makes
00:56
out towards the hole, and you walk out into the middle,
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and you put your putter down,
01:01
and you put a coin on either edge of the putter
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that marks your gate.
01:05
This is where you intend to roll your ball.
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Finally you take a tee and you put it three feet
01:11
beyond the back edge of the hole,
01:14
along the extension of that ball's travel.
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Now, here's how the scoring works.
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You score one point for rolling your ball through your coins
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You score a second point for getting your ball past
01:24
the front edge of the hole, but not beyond that back tee.
01:28
We'll call that optimum speed.
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The final point, when you marry together both of those
01:32
with the reed and you make the putt.
01:34
Perfect score of 15, let's see how I do.
01:37
I missed my coins to the right.
01:39
I got my ball past the front edge of the hole,
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so I scored one point.
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I putted my ball through the coins,
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and I got it past the front edge of the hole.
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I score two points.
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At any point in time, when you recognize that your coins
01:51
are in the wrong location,
01:52
that indicates that you misread the putt,
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and you can adjust them.
01:55
So I'm gonna adjust my coins down just a little bit
01:58
and putt again.
02:01
Rolled over the right coin,
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but past the front edge of the hole.
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I scored another point.
02:06
Rolled to the right, past the front edge of the hole.
02:08
One more point.
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I'm gonna expect to make this next one.
02:16
That's three points.
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Let's see how you do.
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Jordan Spieth at times, I've seen score 15 on this exercise,
02:22
and the beauty of this exercise is it gives you feedback.
02:25
What I just learned is I have to investigate
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why I'm missing it to the right,
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and why I'm reading it high,
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and that feedback allows me to respond by changing my skills
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and, hence, therefore improving.
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Give it a try.
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(upbeat music)
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