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Golf: Simple advice from a golf coach, suitable for any player. Lesson 10

Updated on December 17, 2010


This is a lesson about your putting practice habits, hopefully you are not now saying: ‘what putting practice’! It’s probably a suggestion a lot of you have heard before, but even those of you that have, knowing you should do something, and actually doing it can be two different things.

When you practice putting, I suggest you practice holing them, rather than missing them. So when you’re aiming at a hole, do the vast majority of your putting from within five feet. That way you are getting used to holing the vast majority of your putts, this builds confidence and is getting your subconscious used to holing putts.

Any time you want to practice your distance control on longer putts, don’t aim at a hole, pick something else as a target, trying to get the ball to stop as close as possible to that target. That way it won’t be dispiriting to see the ball missing the hole a lot more often than not,, as it inevitably will from long range. Of course it’s fine to have the occasional ‘game’ around the putting green, aiming at holes and keeping track of your score. As long as that is not what you do for the majority of your putting practice.

Providing you have an appropriate surface at home, putting is one aspect of the game that can be practiced even in the depth of winter. My advice would be to not worry too much about putting mechanics, but take the time to groove in a stroke you like with a good tempo, and get yourself holing lots and lots of putts!


Today’s lesson: Practice short putts, so you are practicing holing putts, when practicing long putts, don’t use a hole as your target.


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