Luke Donald Hammering A Nail Putting Drill

 

This Luke Donald Hammering A Nail Putting Drill is from the Golf Practice Planner.

Name
Luke Donald Hammering A Nail Putting Drill

Category
Putting Practice Drills

Difficulty
1 out of 10

Time
15 minutes

Props
Putter. 1 ball. 

Overview
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.  

Steps

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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George Watts

This post was lovingly morphed into reality by George. George is a scratch golfer, yoga teacher, and creator of the Golf Drills Practice Planner which has 500+ golf practice drills to choose from. Drills are the best way to train the body to move naturally and athletically.