Monday, July 23, 2012

4 Putts, 4 Majors

Clutch putting

What to do:
You'll need your putter and just one ball for this game.  On a practice green, pick a putt from 10 feet and prepare to make the putt.  Read it just as you would on the 72nd hole of a major championship, say, the Masters. If you make this putt, you are Champion.  Use your whole imagination, painting the scene in as much detail as possible.  Once immersed in the moment, execute the putt.  Do this 3 more times, once for the U.S. Open, Once for the British, and once more for the PGA Championship.  How many majors did you win?

How I did:
I won the Masters and PGA Championship, making 2/4 putts. 

No Scaling.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Indoor Chipping

'Rainy day' chipping game

What to do:
If you find yourself unable to practice outdoors for any reason, grab your most lofted wedge, a couple of golf balls and a cooler, hat, small trash can, etc. (something into which you're comfortable landing a golf ball, it will serve as a target for your chips). In a spacious room with carpeting, lay your target item down at an angle, then pace off 5 yards to the spot from which you'll chip.  In 10 minutes see how many shots you can fly into your target consecutively.  If you have a streak going and miss, start over and try again to beat your best number.   

How I did:
This past week I vacationed in the Outer Banks.  Last minute I decided to pack my putter, a wedge and two golf balls in hopes of getting some practice.  Since no golf courses lay within 2 hours of this island, this game provided a way to have fun while keeping my short game sharp.  My longest streak was 2... not very impressive.  One of my fellow vacationers made 4 in a row which was pretty good.  Make sure to turn any television screens away from your line of fire... we had a couple of close calls.