Sunday, February 17, 2013

Putting for $1's

Closest to the hole putting contest for time-constrained golfers

What to do:

Find someone to putt with and head to the practice green along with 1 ball and your flat-stick.  The game is simple: players take turns selecting a hole to which both players will stroke a putt.  After a hole is picked and both players have gone, the ball resting closest to the hole wins, say, $1.00 (put something of worth on each hole...  I'm advocating gambling, only added pressure to each putt).  Play as many holes in this fashion as time allows.  For added gain, when playing second on a particular hole do not watch the first player's putt.  This ensures that you receive no advantage by "going to school" on the first putt.  (I call this the 'NO LOOK' local rule).  Of course this applies to your competitor as well...

How I did:
I never lose. 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Steeplechase (Repeat)

Today's Game is a repeat, as the title implies.  This drill is one of my favorites and worth sharing/completing again. 

Distance control on chipping... land your chips where you want

What to do:
Lay 2 clubs parallel to each other, about 2 feet apart, just on the green.  They should also lay parallel to the fringe.  Move off the green 1 yard.  Grab the club you chip with the most (in my case a 54 degree sand wedge) and hit a chip, attempting to fly the ball over the closest club and short of the second.  Do this 5 times, seeing the ball fly and land on a spot in between the clubs.  Once you land all 5 in a row between the clubs you're done with that distance... move back another yard and do it again.  Make it to 7 yards and you've finished!

How I did:
From 1 yds: 1 try
          2 yds: 1 try
          3 yds: 2 tries
          4 yds: 3 tries
          5 yds: 1 tries
          6 yds: 3 try
          7 yds: 3 tries

I love this drill.  Most good chippers focus on a 'spot' on which they want to land their ball, and this drill speaks directly to that.  It forces me to chip with solid contact, focusing on nothing but my target.  Putting a quarter in the middle of the 2 clubs really narrows my focus. 

Intermediate- spread club 3 feet apart, only move back 5 yards
Beginner- spread the club 3 feet apart, only move back 3 yards