PGA Tour/Muhammad Saqib
The old golf cliche is that you drive for show but putt for dough, and now the research seems to back this up. Golf instructor Stuart Long looked at golf data to see if there was a correlation between putting and a golfer’s handicap. What he discovered was that how a golfer putts from 25 yards offers a direct correlation to handicap, with players who putt 25 footers to within 2 feet or less having a scratch handicap. This should not only effect how you practice, but also how you warm up for your round of golf. The following warm up is a two-part process to get you ready for round.
Start with a trip to your practice green. Take 10-15 golf tees and scatter them around the hole at various distances. Then putt from each tee, hitting one ball from each spot before moving to the next. Then scatter the tees again and repeat the drill. The idea is that since you will be doing a variety of putts during the round you should practice that variance. Then the focus is more on how you read your putts than whether you can sink all your putts from a set distance. The warm up also makes you focus on your fundamentals and can serve to get you into a good groove.
Next, set up 4 tees around the practice hole with each tee located 2 feet away from the hole. Next, practice various putts of 25 feet from around the green, focusing on getting your ball inside the perimeter of the tees. This will help you visualize and make sure that you are setting yourself up for confident putts throughout your round. This is also a good drill to add to your regular routine.