The Only Putting Drill You Will Ever Need

7/18/2019

Putting accounts for 43% of your score in the game of golf.  Eliminating three putts is the simplest way to shoot lower scores.  This may seem crazy to some, but it may be better to stop thinking so hard about making your putts and focussing more on two putts per green.  Let me explain.
 
The world’s greatest putters, those players on the Professional Tours, make 50% of their 8 foot putts.  From 10 feet, that number goes to 40%.  As the putts increase in length, the make percentage decreases.
 
What the average golfer often fails to realize is the importance of avoidance percentage, versus make percentage.  Avoidance to 3 putts means avoidance to Bogey or higher on any given hole.
 
To explain the importance of avoidance, I’ll use Tiger Woods, as an example.  In 2005, Tiger averaged 4.57 birdies with a scoring average of 68.65 for the season.  In 2007, Tiger averaged 4.03 birdies with a scoring average of 67.79.  This tells us that Tiger’s scoring average dropped .86 strokes per round while making .54 fewer birdies!  How is that possible?  Bogey and worse avoidance.
 
As I stated earlier, one of the best ways to reduce high numbers is to avoid 3 putts.  Three putts are rarely brought on by missing the line of a putt, but rather due to a mismanagement of the speed of a putt.  Below you will find one of the greatest putting drills you can use to learn the proper speed from any distance between 5 and 30 feet.  This drill is used by professionals, collegiate players, and top coaches and (hopefully) now by the membership of Mad River.  
 
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by either coming to find me at the club, or by emailing me at rrinneard@madriver.ca.
 
Ryan Rinneard
Director of Instruction
PGA of Canada, Class 
 
Putting Drill
 
Take 4 ball markers, or tees, and set them 1 foot apart.
From 5 to 10 feet, try to get the ball in between the first to second ball mark.
Start at 5 feet and move back 6 inches each time you are successful.
From 10 to 20 feet, try to get the ball between the first and third ball marker.
Start at 10 feet and move back 6 inches each time you are successful.
From 20 to 30 feet, try to get the ball between the first and fourth ball mark.
Start at 20 feet and move back 6 inches each time you are successful.