By Geoff Mangum
The following exercises are used in “deliberate practice” to learn and hone the four putting skills. Golfers should separately build independent skills and then periodically test integrating the skills in “one ball, one read, one putt” situations testing long lag putts and short (under 10 feet or 3 meters) breaking putts.
As a constant “practice mindset”, golfers should always or nearly always monitor and diagnose the correctness or error of a putt in read, aim, stroke for line, or stroke for distance, so as to fix and improve the next putt by applying knowledge of how the skill is performed correctly with body perception and movement processes.
Drills for Touch
- Get rhythm and tempo; swing arms, swing putter relaxedly back and forth the same in pendular swinging. Set the tempo and rhythm of all strokes.
- Putt balls with the same size stroke, using the usual tempo and rhythm, to send balls all some one distance. This “core putt” stabilizes …
Read the rest of what Geoff has to say about PuttingZone Practice Exercises for Touch & Line in the January 2016 Monthly Handicap Improver here: