My top tips to improve your golf putting at home during lockdown
Putting is the key to great golf.
It makes for a career-best round and saves a bad day off the tee! The fact is that everyone can be great putters; yet the practise putting green is the least worn area of a golf course. It is also the only part that everyone can practise at home, regardless of whether they have a garden or live on the twentieth floor. To improve your putting all you need is a flat surface. If you have a snooker table, use that, just like Ian Woosnam used to do in preparation for the fast greens of Augusta!
Here are my best drills you can do right now, ready for the restart and improve other areas of your golf game in the process.
Use your time at home and develop a sound understanding of aiming.
For this, you need a piece of wood that is just longer your putter face. Draw a line on the top at right angles to the long edge. Attach a length of string to this piece of wood.
Now, stand over a putt. Use a chair leg or something that is out of sight when you are looking at the ball.
If you someone close by, ask them to remove the ball and place the piece of wood against the putter face. If not, carefully do this yourself without moving the putter head.
Then you need to pull the string out towards the target, making sure it stays at right angles to the long edge of the piece of wood.
You now can check your aiming tendency. On target, left or right and by how much?
After doing this, you can then set the piece of wood up, aiming correctly at the ‘target’. You can now get used to aiming the putter head accurately at your target, regardless of wrong it might look or feel.
2. Distance control:
When you stand over a tee shot or shot from the fairway, the first question you ask is, ‘ How far?’ Yet with putting, we tend to look at the hole and putt to it. Then wonder why it came up short.
Measure out ten feet and practise hitting the distance; it doesn’t matter what speed your floor is. Then when you get to the golf course, measure out ten feet and repeat the drill, and you will be able to make adjustments according to the speed of the green.
As you get better at this, repeat the drill with your eyes closed and before looking, state whether you think the ball has finished on the line, short or long.
Please let us know how you get on with training your putting and the impact it has had on the rest of your game?
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