Have you been playing golf for several years but not really improving?
You’re not alone.
I’m convinced that most golfers practice the wrong things and often the wrong way. Let me help you. Without playing on a course you can improve your golf using deliberate practice. I’ll give you a few examples with a tip each month so your scores improve next spring and beyond.
My January tip is how to become a better putter.
Statistics show that most golfers can improve by 2 or more stokes per 18 holes. I suggest you focus on only 2 things, a consistent set-up and a smooth stroke. For consistent ball position and posture be comfortable but you can work on set up by focusing on getting your eyes directly over the ball or just slightly inside the ball. Also make sure the grip end of your putter points to your bellybutton or the same reference point each time. Next, focus on a rhythm to your stroke, maybe even count, 1, 2, 3.
Now for my deliberate practice sessions.
Using a rug and a cup practice flat, straight, 5 foot putts several times a week in your home. No concern about grip, club path or other issues. Can you focus on consistent set up every time and make a simple smooth stroke? How will you know it is working? Your goal is to focus each time on only these 2 issues while making 50 five footers in a row. It is not easy so start with 10 then 20 etc. Deliberate practice requires focused repetitions and a stretch goal. This will improve your consistency and confidence in only a couple weeks and, I believe, your scores next spring. Try this and become a better putter.
Joe Porter, PGA