Luke Donald Hammering A Nail Putting Drill


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Luke Donald Hammering A Nail Putting Drill

Putting Practice Drills

1 out of 10

15 minutes

Putter. 1 ball. 

Luke Donald went 483 holes in tournament play without a three-putt. That’s a world record! He credits the record with learning ‘proper acceleration’ into the ball to get the correct strike. If you can strike the ball correctly every time you’re not going to leave yourself those tricky 6, 7 and 8-foot comeback putts.

The goal is to get your first putt from long range within a 3-foot circle of the hole to eliminate three putts.  


Step 1: Watch
Watch the video.


Step 2: Know The Biggest Amateur Mistake 
The biggest amateur mistake is they think they need to accelerate by going back short and through long. That creates a poor strike! This is the wrong way around. You actually want a long backswing and short follow-through. 

Step 3: Long Backswing + Short Follow-through. 
Practice making your backswing slightly longer than your follow-through.

A good analogy is if you have a hammer and a nail. If you were trying to drive the nail into the wood you wouldn’t swing the hammer from short to long. You would swing the hammer back from long to short to get a solid strike. The same is true with putting.

The long to short action creates a lot more efficient swing, better strike, and you can control the distance better. 

Step 4: Keep Score
Keep score. Hit 10 putts from 20+ feet trying to swing the putter as if you were hammering a nail into a wall (long to short swings). Give yourself one point each time you do it correctly and get the ball within 3 feet of the hole. Try to improve your best score.

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