How to Make More Birdies

Groove your putting
I use these two drills to hone the speed and line of my putts.

Drill 1 - My speed check

Find a fast, downhill putt on the practice green. Lay an iron two feet beyond the hole and perpendicular to the line of the putt. Then place tees along the line at nine feet, 15 feet, 21 feet, 27 feet and 33 feet. The goal isn't to make the putts (although that's always good), but rather to place three in a row from each distance at least to the hole or beyond without hitting the shaft of the iron. If you miss one, you go back to the previous distance. When you putt all three to the hole or beyond without hitting the shaft, move back to the next distance.

Drill 2 - My line drill
Video: See Zach demonstrate this drill.

I carry a small wire hoop in my bag that we made by bending it around a piece of PVC pipe. It's essentially a mini croquet hoop that's just wide enough for the ball to pass through with a little wiggle room on each side. Once I think I know the line, I place the hoop about two feet in front of the ball along that line and hit a few putts. If the ball drops a few times, I know that's the right line. If it doesn't, I adjust the position of the hoop. Once you know the line, the goal is to make seven out of 10. This will help you practice green reading and get your speed right, too.
Video: See Zach demonstrate this drill.


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