Two Tips For More One-Putts
Lower your scores now!
Putt five balls from four different points around the hole all from 3- to 5-feet and watch your scores plummet.
1. FIVE IN A ROW
If your distance control is good on lag putts, you should leave yourself a lot of short second putts. And if you’re confident making 3- to 5-foot putts, you’ll definitely save some shots and lower your scores.
To drain more short putts, lower your scores and boost your confidence, try this simple drill: Take five balls and try to make five in a row from four different points around the hole. It might take you a while the first time you try it, but if you stick with the drill, you’ll gain confidence that you can make those “knee knockers” the next time you play.
Once you get really good at this drill, move back a foot or two and challenge yourself. One of the reasons the Tour pros rarely miss from this distance is that they practice these putts a lot. You should too!!
2. FROM TRACK TO TEE
If you’re missing too many putts to either side of the hole, here’s a great drill to help you figure out why.
Notice how I’m hitting putts out of a “track” that I’ve set up with two shafts?
Finally, if your aim and stroke feel good but you’re still missing the tee, you have excessive clubface rotation in your putting stroke. If you’re opening or closing the clubface during your stroke and not returning the clubface squarely at impact, the ball will miss the tee. An open clubface at impact causes the ball to miss right; a closed clubface at impact will miss left.
Steve Dahlby, PGA, is the director of instruction at Forest Highlands Golf Club in Flagstaff, Ariz. He’s also the lead instructor of swingmentors.com swingmentors.com and can be found at The Golf Club Scottsdale and McCormick Ranch Golf Club in Scottsdale during the winter months. Steve has worked with numerous players on the PGA and LPGA Tours.