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Full Swing Drills


Left/Right: When practicing, golfers tend to aim at the same side of the range or just the middle. Ensure you always practice to both sides of the range. When practicing on


Short putt drill: Four balls should be placed north, south, east and west around the hole. The fi rst distance is length of a conventional putter grip (10 inches). Make all four putts. The next length is from putter head to base of the grip (25 inches). Make all four: If you miss one, immediately go back to the put- ter grip length and make all four. The next length is the length of a putter (35 inches). If you miss at this length, go back to 25 inches and make all four. If you miss at that length go back to grip length and make all four. The last length is the putter plus the grip


Putting Drill


(45 inches). If you miss, go back to putter length. Miss again, and go back to putter to grip. If you miss from there, go back to grip length. By going back as soon as you miss, you will always make more putts than you miss. When the time comes, when you have that last putt to be done with the drill— that’s pressure.


Pick a very straight 10-foot putt. By picking a straight putt you are work- ing on both your stroke and align- ment. Again, use four balls. None of the putts can be short or go more than 1 foot past. Make 1 of 4, then 2 of 4, then 3 of 4. Like the short-putt drill, if you fail to get the ball to the hole, start over. The same holds true for putts that are too long, or for not making the correct number of putts.


Ten-Foot Drill


Once again, use four balls. We aren’t putting to a hole. Putt four balls from the front of the green to the back. All you are trying to accomplish is hitting the putts the right distance. Turn around and hit from the back to the front. This drill should comprise about 10% of your putting practice.


Distance Drill


Full Swing Drills: Odds and Evens: If it’s an even day of the calendar hit only even-numbered clubs. On odd calendar days, hit odd-numbered clubs.


We’ve all heard the saying “Digging it out of the dirt.” To spend hours on the range practicing requires a game plan and patience. Just hitting balls is nothing more than just hitting balls. Have a purpose to your practice, and please keep in mind that 15 minutes of perfect practice is better than two hours of imperfect practice.


JEFF is available for lessons. You can contact him by calling (925) 456-8202 or by email, jhales@poppyridgegolf.com.


the range, hit balls in a linear pattern by placing each new shot directly behind the previous divot, as seen in the lower part of the photo. This keeps the divot narrow, leading to more rapid turf recovery. Do not gouge a large section of turf, as seen in the upper portion of the photo.


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