- Play around the world from 5, 6 and 10 feet. Put tees in 6 spots around the hole. Go around and back. To win you must make 12 in a row. You get one second chance at 6 feet and two second chances at 10 feet. You may do this challenge only once per day! Make it count. Write down your score in your journal.
- Make 8 in a row from 3 feet, 7 in a row from 4 feet, 5 in a row from 5 feet, 3 in a row from 6 feet and 2 in a row from 10 feet. This is 25 putts in a row. You get up to three chances per day to make 25 in a row. How did you do? Thought for the Challenge -Repetition doesn't equal mindlessness. Instead, it should present you with an opportunity to focus and gain confidence through repeated success.
- There will be a string around the hole. Put 4 tees in the ground from four distances each day and putt 3 balls. Your goal is to get at least 2 of 3 in the donut hole! The distances can be anything from 20 feet to 50 feet! Great putters are great at controlling their speed!
- Make 10 putts in a row from 3 feet using your sand wedge as a putter. Hit the ball with the leading edge of the club in the equator of the ball. This drill will help both your concentration and the steadiness of your head and body as you putt. When you are great from 3 feet, move farther from the hole. Thought for the Challenge - Is your stroke level at impact? This challenge will answer that question!
Note: This practice took about 90 minutes to complete. We had one person on a team putting at one time. We want to have a person standing alone and having pressure from her teammates to make the putt. We had a good discussion of the punch shots following the practice. Here was what we talked about: Our team adage is, always have a putt for par. The young players tended to look at the pin when they were in trouble. The fact that they were measuring the shot put pressure on them to go at the pin. This is much the same as they feel on the course. A few of the older players played to different areas of the greens and got themselves a putt for par and were closer to the pin as a result. Also, we talked about seeing the shot from beginning to end. The first obstacle is the most important. If you don't clear it, you will face it again. What is it hiding? That is the second obstacle. The final thing we talked about is distance control. If you are great at clearing your obstacles because you can control trajectory, can you also control your distance? We came up with a clear plan:
Goal: Have a putt for par if possible.
2. Control trajectory
3. Control distance
If you are playing away from the hole, don't be greedy! Give yourself a cushion.