Advance Golf Drill – Putting

Putting is a very important skill to master for shooting low scores in golf. It is the core skill in my game and I am constantly working to improve my putting. Each round I play, I have a target number of 28 putts. It matches the PGA Tour average, but it is a realistic goal I meet or beat 50% of the time. My score is directly affected by how well I putt during the round, so I have high expectations.

To meet my high expectations, I work on my short game often. I try different drills and techniques to keep my putting sharp. Recently, I offered a simple putting drill for beginners. It involved two alignment sticks and three golf balls.

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“Putting Made Easy” Golf Drill

The attached drill is one that I use often. It is easy to set up and repeatable on any practice green. You can use alignment sticks, like in the video, tees, your TEECLAW, golf balls or your clubs. Actually, anything can be used as long as it provides reference points to ensure your putter head remains in guides.

I like this drill because it helps me with my alignment, moving my putter head in a consistent motion, and helps me gauge my preferred “back 6 forward 12” putting motion. I try to use this drill once every week or two as reminder of the basics I need to keep reinforcing. Over the years, this “Putting Made Easy” Golf Drill has helped lower my scores and strengthen my short game. Continue reading

Effective Practice for Lower Scores in Golf

There are many different drills to help players lower their golf score. We have discussed many of them at The Grateful Golfer, but converting words into action is not something often discussed. In an article not long ago, I discussed effective practice with Brian Penn from All About Golf. It was an interesting conversation about converting greenside misses by getting our ball up and down in the fewest number of strokes.

After that discussion, I thought of a quick and easy aiming drill to effectively practice with tangible results. It has started to produce payoffs, but I still need more practice to reach my intent of consistent lower golf scores. Continue reading

Finding Support for My Golf Plan

Success breeds success!Previously, we discussed having a golf plan for 2016. I alluded to needing support to effectively execute any plan and depending on your skill level, the type and focus of that support will change. There is no shortage of experts willing to provide that support, but before accepting any help, make sure it fits into your plan.

I am not sure what your plan is this year, but I thought I would share with you my 2016 golf plan and how I expect to find support to shoot lower scores.
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Tricks on the Range

To most golfers, the practice range is a sacred place. It is a place where players like Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Michelle Wie, Vijay Singh or Grateful Golfers regularly hone their skills. A major difference between a professional golfer and an amateur is their intention as the approach the practice range. It is this intention that helps focus their practice to accomplish their goals.

After hours on the practice range, there is no question they have developed some tricks to help make the most out of their practice time. Here are some sites to check out:

Each of these offer good advice on developing a routine and a great starting place for anyone trying to improve their game through focused practice.

Through the years, I have used many of the above suggestions and the following tricks that helped fix my woes.

When fixing a slice or a hook, I stand on the far side of the range. As a right-handed player with a slice problem, I stand on the far left side. This may seem strange, but it forces me use a different swing plane and aiming point.  I am so focused on not hitting the ball out of bounds, that it helped me straighten my slice.

It is important to use aiming sticks. At the very least, use two clubs. These training aides help align your swing and your aiming point. I use them to determine my ball position in relation to my stance, determine my swing plan by the relation of my divot to the aiming sticks, and my alignment of my feet in comparison to how I am aimed. Check out toursticks.com for a complete guide on how to use alignment sticks.

Flag AlignementMy last tip deals with using the flag sticks out in the range.  On my course, it is possible to line up all the sticks until they are one behind each other. I use this visual aid to help identify a poor swing, whether I am fading or drawing the ball that day and to help with my aiming points. If I am on a different range, I will try to line up at least two flags and use them as my aiming point!

There are plenty of tips and tricks to use on the practice range. Today I have mentioned just a few that worked for me.

Golf is all about sharing, so do you have any tips or tricks to use on the practice range?

I am grateful golfer!  See you on the links.