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Putting in Clutch

Posted by Ryan C. Erxleben on Jun 19, 2018, 4:32:55 PM

Hey guys, hope all is well, and you’ve been out on the course working on your game!

I recently spent some time looking at Brooks Koepka and what it took for him to win the U.S. Open. Everyone is hitting it farther, straighter, and more consistent yet; there is only one winner eachweek on the PGA and LPGA Tours. The players who are winning at the professional and amateur levels have a few things in common, one of them being the fact that they make putts -- clutch putts.

Koepka was coming down the stretch make a 45ft plus putt to save par and made many 6-10ft putts to either save par or avoid a double bogey. Let's take a look at a great putting drill to solidify your stroke, and make more putts!

1. Get A Putter Fitting

I'm sure you’ve heard of a club fitting, but have you ever heard of getting your putter fit to your stroke? Some have a straight back - straight through type stroke, while others have more of an arched putting stroke. Make sure you have the right equipment.

2. Practice, Practice, Practice.

Practice makes progress, and practicing under pressure makes perfect. It's a bit different when you have a 4ft putt on the putting green before the round, and you have a 4ft putt to win your club championship. There are some great drills to help work on your stroke, as well as improve your nerves: 

Gate Drill: Choose a putt, whether it's a right to left or left to right, and hit the putt a few times to find the correct line. Place tee’s on either side of the line from the hole, back to 10ft. This drill will force you to work on your starting line and speed. 

Distance Control: Choose a hole on your putting green and place your golf towel 4ft behind the hole. The goal is to make the putt or have the ball end past the hole but before your towel. Your goal is to get 10 points, two points for making, and one point for a ball ending past the hole but before the towel. Start at 10ft, 20ft, then 30ft. 

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Around The World: Take four golf balls and place them 4ft around the hole. Make all four putts to complete round 1, then repeat this drill for five rounds. In the end, you’ll have made 20 4ft putts in a row. If you miss a putt -- you start over! 

The goal is to get your nerves in check and never miss a short one on the course.

3. Get Your Head Right

Fear can often work its way into your head as your playing golf, and those short putts begin to look impossible. Go through your routine, be confident in your line, and set it in your head that you’re going to make this putt. Don't let you own self-doubt intimidate your game.

Remember ... hitting it 300 yards counts as one stroke, and so does that 1ft tap in. Got it down? We'd love to see! Tag us in your pictures using the #teamoptishot, and you could be featured -- and win some pretty cool swag!

Until next time: Cheers!

- Ryan

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