Putting - 'the game withina game'. Putting is simple, you just need a technique that allows you to start the ball on your intended line, a feel for distance and enough practice to be able to read
and predict the break.
Master these three areas and you will be a great putter.
- solid technique to control start direction
- a subconscious reaction for distance control
- the ability to read and predict the break.
Practice should encompass plenty of challenging games and competitions always with a consequence to every shot. Technical practice should be performed away from a hole and off the putting green.
Practice should be more difficult than the actual game!
Here is a typical practice set up for short putts:
Key Points for Putting Warm Up Drill
- No Hole
- Target is smaller than a putting cup
- Start at 12 inches and then every putt is approx 3 inches furthe back. Use a tee as a marker
- Alignment aids shouls be used, sticks, chalk line, string etc
- Goal is speed control - every shot should finish within your putters grip of the second coin -the zone. If you miss then you have to start again. it doesnt matter if you miss the first coin. just
notice where it goes.
- The first coin is the imaginary hole. The ball should finish as close as possible to second coin
- For added pressure, compete against someone else. if you miss the zone you lose
My No.1 Putting Practice
I developed a putting game I call 'Holers and Laggers' based on scientific research into the key skill aspects of putting.
The key features of the game are:
- Just one ball
- One chance at each putt so very random elements
- The practice is harder than the actual game especially if you use a hole reducer.
- Played competitively against an opponent
- Additional pressure on the 3-6 footers
- Have to lag it close
- Great fun
- Shapens your skills and prepares you for competition
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