"Scoring the Last Six Feet" — Make Your Putts Count
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
For most average golfers more thought is put into
the full swing and less focus is given to the short game. It
doesn't take much effort for the average golfer to advance the ball
down the fairway, and usually a fair distance, but when it comes to
a six foot putt things just seem to come unhinged. And at that
distance it can take as many as three strokes to get the ball in
the hole. I refer to the above as average golfers but in truth
professional golfers have a difficulty making six foot putt putts
at times too, and I am no exception.
Some years ago, when my older brother convinced me to join in
the golf business as an apprentice golf professional, I had a tough
time with the short putts and truth be known they frightened the
heck out of me. Never knowing when I stepped up to putt what
was going to happen- five feet short or five feet long. But,
thank goodness for older brothers. He showed me a drill that
I still use today that helps me with those dreaded six foot and
under putts. I dubbed it the Star Drill because of the legs
that are in the drill which will become apparent later on.
The drill begins with five of your favorite golf balls and two
tees. Place the first tee in the ground about one foot from
the hole on the putting green and the next tee in the ground about
two feet away. The goal of this drill is to build your confidence
in making the short putts with greater frequency.
Begin at the first tee with the five balls -putting each ball
into the cup, once made, move back to the next tee and repeat the
drill. When you have made all five without missing from the second
tee move the tee out another foot, and continue doing so until you
have reached six feet and can make all five balls at that distance.
Sounds easy enough but, the bigger "kicker" is if at any
point on the first leg or any leg you miss a putt you must stop and
go back to the start and begin again. That means the VERY beginning
not just that leg of the star. Completion of this drill is done
when you have made 150 consecutive putts in a row without missing
any. That means you made everything on each leg of the five legs.
This will boost your confidence and start to make you a better
putter. Good luck and stay with it!!!!