I’ve posted a few times about my go to putting drill “death by 5 footers” that has been my savor and major pain in my rear for the last few years. And as much as I love to hate it, I’m always looking for ways to apply the same concept of pressure to other lengths of putts. Let’s face it, it’s easy to get bored practicing so finding ways to mix it up and create a challenge that will rustle up the first tee/putt to win the tourney nerves will breathe new life into your game!
One thing Mark Broadie, the genius behind he strokes gained statistics, has taught us is that most shots are made up inside of 10 ft. So how does one improve that area of their game?
Give this a try!
First priority is to find a putt that is relatively straight. Mark out tees at 3,4,5,6,7 and 8 feet. Starting with the 3 footer, you will first make 3 consecutive putts in a row at each of the first 3 distances. Then you need to make 1 putt from the last 3 distances. And yes, this all has to be done in a row!!!
The putt I chose today had some movement on it which made me lose my mind and only added to the stress. It took my over an hour to complete. And let me tell you, when I was standing over that last putt to finally finish the drill, I felt the nerves pulse through my stomach and it was oddly similar to what I’ve felt on the course so many times.
This is what practice is all about! Practice like competition and compete like practice!
Give this a try and let me know how it goes…..