The full swing is an incredibly important part of the game, but we make more strokes with the putter than any other club in bag – and it’s the one that’s easiest to practise.
Rather than spending all your time on the range, dedicate a good portion of time to the putting green and use these two drills. A small change in your practice routine could yield a big improvement in scoring. The pressure soon builds as you improve and it’s a great way to practise with a purpose and create a little competition, which is ideal ahead of facing the same kind of putts on the course.
Drill one – Par 18
Pick nine putts ranging from 20-30ft around the putting green, mixing up angles, uphills and downhills, and left and right breaks to simulate the putts you’ll face in a round. Use your on-course routine for each putt and see if you can get all nine balls in the hole in 18 strokes.
Drill two – Par nine
Place nine balls around the hole ranging from 4-8ft. Using your normal routine, try and hole out from each position.