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How To Make Short Putts Count

By admin Jun17,2024

The 2024 US Open demonstrated that making short putts are critical to playing great golf. I watch player after player hit putts to around 4 feet only to have to sink this knee knocker for par. As it turned out, five feet and closer cost Rory McIlroy this year’s title. Having said that, we all know that the most strokes are gained on the green, especially distances between 3 and 6 feet. Knowing that this short distance is the most challenging for amateur golfers, how about I offer a way for you to make more short putts?

The basic premise of making short putts is to commit to a system that is easy to replicate, consistent, and effective. There is no exact process except the one that you modify to suit your game. To help you with the first steps of developing your putting process, Andrew Rice will offer a solution.

Rice’s method to putt is fairly straight forward. He offers what to look at and how to aim. Putting from approximately 3 feet on the cardinal points. It is a simple drill that will establish confidence and hopefully a routine that will empower you to sink more putts under 5 feet.

As you become more proficient at making putts from close in, then it is time to expand your range. My star drill is best for developing your long putt strengths.

This drill is an inexpensive way to practice a way to lower your score. Here is how to set up the this simple putting drill. Take 12 tees; stand beside the hole and take one step; place a tee.  Take another step; place a tee. Finally, take a third step; place a tee.  Now repeat this process three times at 90 degrees from the previous line. Continue until all 12 tees are gone.

Next take three balls.  Putt all thee balls from the 12 o’clock position, from 3 feet, until you sink three.  Then move to the 3 o’clock position and sink three; repeat at the 6 and 9 o’clock position.  Now, move back to the 6 foot position.  Instead of 3 balls sunk before moving, sink only two.  Repeat for all four cardinal positions.  Finally, move back to the 9 foot position.  Sink one and move on until you have sunk a ball from all four positions.  This process will likely take about 10-15 minutes max and that includes set up.

Sinking putts from 5 feet or closer takes practice. Using what Rice suggests is the perfect place to start because it offers a great foundation from which you can develop a process that works best for your game. I often practice this drill because it just reinforces what works most of the time. If you take the time to set up this drill (and the star drill afterwards) you will become a better putter which will lower your golf scores.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

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