• Fix Your Chips - Indoors!

    Hitting Crisp Chips

    Sounds like a new snack :)

    Hitting chips indoors is a great way to practice... as long as you're using the almostGOLF Ball, of course.

    3 steps of practice:

    • All the focus on solid contact
    • Focus on consistent trajectory (you can hit balls at a wall)
    • Focus on landing the chip in the Target Circle

  • Putting Speed Drill by Dr. Craig Farnsworth

    Putting S.O.S. Fundamentals
    Solid - hit the putt solid
    Online - start the putt on the target line
    Speed - hit the putt the correct speed

    Speed control on the slopes

    This is a great drill taken from "The Putting Prescription" by my friend, Dr. Craig Farnsworth. His book is available on Amazon.

    Our 3-Foot Target Circles can assist.

    The Putting Doctor's Diagnostic Test from page 239 of the book:

    "You are at a new course and you note the greens are quite slow compared to the greens at your club. Choose a location on the green that is sloped as much as possible but not too severely. Place a tee in the ground, then walk directly uphill and place another tee in the ground 20 feet from the first one. Then place another tee 10 feet further uphill, and repeat with a tee in the ground another 10 feet further uphill. This gives you a 20-, 30-, and 40-foot target to putt back and forth to.

    Start with an uphill putt to the first tee (20 feet), then putt the same ball back to the starting tee. Repeat the drill two more times. You will do six putts, or three cycles, at each distance. Your objective for each putt is to stop your ball within 2 to 3 feet (the length of your putter) of the target tee. Record this as a par. Repeat this for the 30- and 40-footers. All along, you are working to control your speed for each distance and each slope."

  • Play 'em As They Lie Pitching Drill

    Chipping S.T.S. Fundamentals
    Spot - land it on the right spot
    Trajectory- hit the shot with the correct trajectory
    Spin - hit the shot with the desired spin

    Play 'em where they lie

    Scatter several balls along the fringe and short rough. Toss 'em up and let them find their lie :)

    For this drill, set a target on the green a few steps from the fringe. I use the 6' Target Circle for this game.

    The goal is to land the ball in the circle (not stop it in the circle).

    I score with a "2 in, 2 out" method:
    2 in a row in the circle is a birdie, and each successive is another birdie.
    2 in a row out is a bogie, and each successive is another bogie, etc.

    For instance - I make the firs 3, that is 2 under par. I miss the next 4, that is 3 bogies. I make, I miss, I make, I make = 1 more birdie.

    Shoot even par and you are doing well.

    Adjust the target, length to the target, # in or out for a birdie/bogie ... have some fun!

    Let me know your modifications ... I will try 'em!

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  • 7 Club Chipping Drill

    This is one of my favorite drills because it is so tough to "win" :)

    Setup: 6' target on a slope (The Target Circle and Target Hole are perfect).

    Hit a chip with each iron in your bag - just one ball per club.

    Give yourself a point for each ball in the circle, or (my favorite) give yourself a birdie for each 2 in a row in the circle, and a bogie for each 2 in a row out of the circle. (If you shoot even par, you are the Man!)

    When you get good at this drill, you have learned to focus and execute a good motion because every swing is totally different.

    Let me know when you master this ... I won't hold my breath :)

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  • Speed Kills - Here's Help

    Putting S.O.S. Fundamentals
    Solid - hit the putt solid
    Online - start the putt on the target line
    Speed - hit the putt the correct speed

    Speed Control Creates Confidence

    Call me "crazy" - I believe our bodies can learn to hit a putt the right speed if it is given the proper instructions.

    This drill is about creating the instructions.

    The goal is not to "try" to hit the putt the right distance. It is to hit a putt, soak in the result, and let your brain send the instructions.

    Do this: Put several targets - tees, our Target Holes, etc. beginning at 10 feet. Space them a step apart.
    Hit a putt at the target. Try to hit it past the target a foot or so (the Target Holes won't slow down the ball)
    Take a few seconds after each putt to let your mind's eye see the result and record it.

    Hit a few putts to the same target until you get it dialed in. Your brain will compute the details ... trust it :)

    Go to the next targets doing the same process.

    Finally, hit only one ball to each target up and down the "ladder".

    Have fun with this. Relax. Don't think too much. Your brain is doing a lot of calculations - so don't confuse it :)

    I've seen Tour players do this drill with their eyes closed, and say if they thought the putt was short or long before they opened their eyes.

    Doing this drill will refine your hand/eye coordination and build your confidence - and that is the most important element of good putting.

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