Sunday, June 24, 2012

Putting Lines

Enhances feel for break and speed

What to do:
Grab five golf balls and your putter.  Pick a putt with some break and read it.  Drop your balls on the line that you've read, spaced apart about a foot, starting at a 2 foot distance.  Make all of the putts you've given yourself, starting with the 2 footer and moving back with each successful stroke.  Do not take practice strokes, simply step back to the next one and make a stroke.  Once you've made all 5 putts in a row, repeat this process on the opposite side.  Do this 4 ways around the hole, in North-South-East-West fashion.  Feel your confidence grow as you make putt after putt.

How I did:
I was able to complete this one only missing 5 times, 4 times on the 6-footers and once from 3-feet.

Scaling: None

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Scoring Zone

Sharpen the 80 to 115 yard wedge shots that are so critical to scoring

What to do:
Late in the afternoon once your golf course clears, take a cart and head to the first hole.  Drop a ball at the 80 yards from the pin and play the hole.  On the next hole, move back to 85 yards and play from there.  Tee off from 90 yards on Hole 3, and continue playing in this fashion, moving back in 5 yard increments until you reach 115 yards on the 8th hole.  Don't play from more than this distance, simply start over at 80 yards on the 9th.  See how low you can score playing 18 holes in this fashion.  Also, take note of your proximity to the hole on each shot. 

How I did:
Look for results on Tuesday.

Beginner- Play 9

Monday, June 4, 2012

Four Corners (repeat)

I've chosen to repeat this drill because it is such a good one.  Sure to build confidence in your ability to make clutch short putts.

What to do:
In North-South-East-West fashion, place 4 tees around the hole, 3 feet away (about 1 putter length).  Do the same at 4 and 5 feet.  When you've done this you'll have 4 sets of 3 tees in the ground, 12 total, one for every putt you must make.  Pick a 3-footer and, going through your full routine first, make the putt.  In that same line, move back to the 4-footer and repeat the process, making the putt.  Do the same at 5-feet.  Once you've completed this line, making the 3-footer, 4-footer and 5-footer in a row, move counter- clockwise to the next tee line (East) and do it again.  The objective of this drill is to make all 12 putts in a row.  

This is a difficult drill.  Those last few putts are real nerve testers, and a miss challenges your patience.  When you do finish, confidence is born in your ability to sink those critical 3,4,5 footers. 

My results:
Finished most recently on my second try.  

Scaled version:
Make one line of putts all in a row, then move on.  If you miss a putt on the next line, stay on that line, starting over at the 3-footer on that side.  Never return to a side that you've already completed (made the 3, 4, and 5 foot putts in a row).