Golf Drill to Practice Mid-Range Putting

By Jim McLean

Go the Distance

Here is one of my favorite mid range putting drills for people who tend to come up a little on the short side. I learned this drill from a tremendous short game teacher, Bill Davis who is the head pro at the Jupiter Hill Country Club in Jupiter Florida, and Bill showed me this quite a while ago and it works great. You simply put a shaft down about a foot past the intended hole. I have this club down about a foot past the hole and the game is you have to either make the putt or hit the shaft. If you don't there is a penalty.

Raise the Stakes

With different people we make it a fun game, if they do not hit the shaft they have to pay me 100 dollars, if they do hit they shaft I pay them a dollar. If they hit 100 putts all they would have to do is hit it past the hole 100 times and I would have to pay them 100 dollars. If they left it short just once they will lose the money. That gets peoples' attention. So when I putt this I am going to make sure that I get to that hole and give this ball a good chance of going in. That is one, one dollar I just won. If you make the putt you get five dollars, that is another thing, so now I am six dollars ahead. Seven dollars ahead.

Conclusion

I will tell you what, when you put a little cash on the line it makes a difference. It makes you concentrate and when you get on the course you will remember that and you will get the ball going past the hole. If you watch the LPGA, Senior Tour or the PGA Tour you are going to see the players from this distance giving this ball a heck of a chance of going in. They are not coming up short that often. So if you tend to be a little short, a little tentative, this is a fabulous drill for making more mid-range putts.


Category: General
Sub Categories: Distance, Practice, Swing Drills

About the Instructor

Jim McLean
Jim McLean
Jim McLean Golf School
Doral Golf Resort and Spa
4400 NW 87th Avenue
Miami, FL 33178
Tel: 800-72-DORAL