This week’s lesson comes from PGA Professional Wayne O’Callaghan at his academy in Fernhill Golf Club, Carrigaline Cork.,

The secret to better scoring is to hole more putts during a round of golf. Look at the Tour stats any given week and the winner will invariably be in the top 10 for putting.

So how you can you improve your putting?

A drill I find very effective is to place a series of tees in the ground around the hole. The inner circle of tees is two feet from the hole and repeat with the tees pinned in concentric circles three and four feet away.

Now place practice balls alongside each tee. Begin by putting the balls in the two foot circle focussing on establishing a sense of rhythm right away. One way to do this is by counting each putt silently as it drops. “One, two, three” and so on only interrupting the drill to retrieve the balls from the hole.

Once you have holed all the two foot putts in a row only then can you move on to the next circle at three feet. Setting yourself a goal of holing all the balls before you go home is a great way to create the same pressure experienced in a tournament.

Practicing this drill regularly will get you holing more putts and lowering your score during rounds.

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