Climbing the Ladder Putting Drill: Place 3 to 6 golf balls three feet apart in a straight line from the hole. At address position, make sure that your eyes are over the ball, your arms are hanging straight down and your wrists are in a fixed position. This will allow for a pendulum-like putting motion.
Starting at the first ball, try and get the ball as close to the hole as possible. With each ball being farther away from the hole, your putting stroke should move further back and thru, keeping the same rhythm as the first putt. Increasing the arc of each stroke will allow ball to travel farther without the need to hit it harder.
Better players are the better putters, and, if you can improve on your short to mid-range putts, you should see improved scoring.
Submitted by: Jason Hyatt, Class A PGA Teaching Professional
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Let's face it, we live in a "here and now" culture. Our computers cannot compute quickly enough, our microwave ovens are too slow in their microwaving, in the winter our cars don't heat up fast enough, and so on, and so on… Use yourself as a guinea pig and test how often you become frustrated because of the lack of speed of something. If my suspicions are correct, you will notice a lack of patience in yourself around every corner.
How do you handle your lack of patience within the construct of your game? Do you need to correct that banana slice yesterday, and when you don't you blame it on the driver and get a new one? Do you mishit approach shots, and then succeed in rationalizing the error as the result of having to wait so long for the group in front of you to clear the green? Do you take a lesson and expect your accuracy to improve dramatically by the end of the 30-minute session? You are not alone.
Being able to recognize a lack of patience is a key step toward improving your nature. When you find yourself becoming impatient on, at, near, or away from the course, use that recognition as an opportunity to learn to allow the stimulus to exist, but adjust your attitude so that it does not "bother" you. Find little things that you can do during your day that require that you slow down and wait. Try not to let a traffic jam in the hallway get you down. Allow yourself to not completely understand that difficult math problem the first time, knowing that you will keep trying and will eventually get it. Don't switch lines at the bank or grocery store trying to shave two minutes. If you are working on your bunker or wedge play, take pride in your consistent, steady improvement.
Above all, show patience with yourself, and your game. After all, if you perfected your golf game today, would you still want to play tomorrow?
Submitted by: Mike Riggs, M.Ed. Sports (Golf) Psychologist
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