If there is one thing I hat more that anything is three putting. I am confident that all of you feel the same way. I work on my short game all the time in order to reduce my scores. I believe that the most strokes saved during any round is on the green, so it only makes sense to eliminate extra strokes in needless three putts. I have talked about three putting and lag putting in previous posts, however I found I can never stop looking to ways to improve this area of my game. Well, you are in luck because I found another drill that just might help us eliminate three putting from our game forever.
I generally try to lag putt to within a three foot circle. I feel that I can sink 95% of putts from this distance. I have tried many different drills to improve my long distance putting and parts of them have worked. It allowed me to develop my own style and techniques. Of course I believe that there is always room for improvement and this drill by Phil Mickelson will definitely help.
Before you I go further in this discussion. I found one piece of information about three putting I did not know; hence I will have to keep it in mind when playing. After listening to Mickelson, explain that downhill putts garner the most three putts! If this is the case, which I have not doubt it is, then heeding this information will help me manage my aggressive nature when putting.
Another aspect of this drill that I find very important is that Mickelson eliminated an inconsistency through using the same tempo and and ‘power’ behind each long stroke. The aspect of the stroke that he changes in how far to swing the club. His drill of putting from a distance is critical to developing this a lag putt that gives you the best opportunity to avoid three putts.
One other piece of information that I believe will lower the total number of putting strokes in a round is to ensure to follow through farther than the drawback. This will help keep the speed consistent and contact solid. This is one think I do all the time and believe it is a great tenet of putting.
What do you think of Phil Mickelson’s drill?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!