Thursday 8 December 2016

WATCH - Our golf expert gives you a practice drill which should improve your putting

Barry Massey

Published 14/09/2016 | 21:11

LAST week Karl Holmes, PGA professional at Greystones Golf Club, gave you some tips on how to hole more putts and today he has a great competitive drill to help build your confidence and ultimately improve your putting stats.

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“This is a drill that European Tour player Paul Dunne uses when he’s away on tour and back home in Greystones. We start by placing tees approximately three feet, six feet and nine feet from the hole from four sides, giving you a cross effect.

“It’s very easy to measure out three feet because most putters are three feet in length. So you just measure out your putter from tee to tee.

“You then place a ball beside each tee. This will give you 12 balls in total.

“The idea is to try to hole as many putts as you can. Obviously, the further away you are the more difficult it will be, but if you can try to get each putt past the hole (not too far past) it can help your pace putting.

“Another great thing about this drill is that it not only gives you putts of different length, it also gives you putts from left to right, and right to left. If the putt is slightly uphill from one side it will be downhill from the other side.

“Complete the exercise three times. That’s a total of 36 putts. Keep a count on your score and try to beat it the next time you complete the drill.

“If you find from your stats that you are struggling with, for example, your three foot putts, take more time to practise them. This will help to build your confidence for the golf course”.

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