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Master Your Putting with the ‘Yardstick Drill’

A putter and a good putter differ in many ways. But, any good putter may say that the ability to put short ones in three feet or less gives them the edge. Of course, some spike marks and lipouts can happen every now and them, but if you are focused on shaving stroked off your card and being a master on the course, spending extra time on putting short is the key. Short putts, or the ones you usually need to save par, are really a game-changer. Being able to do them also boost confidence on the player’s part. Here is a quick and easy-to-follow yardstick drill that can give you confidence, improve putter path, and help your clubface to hit squarely at address.

Get a yardstick and place one end near the cup’s edge. Place your ball anywhere on the yardstick, it must depend on the putting length you want to practice on. Stroke putts and at the same time try to keep the ball on the yardstick, please see photo sequence. Try placing the putter four inches backward and then swing through those four inches for a one-foot putt. 

Add two inches more backward for a three-feet putt. Take note that the putter will slightly move off the yardstick when you do the backswing and forward swing, since there is a natural arc that occurs because of the angle formed by the hands and putter head. What’s crucial with this drill is to take the putter face back to square, making sure both the backswing and forward swing have consistent length and also to improve path.

Add this drill to your regular putting routine to help you maintain a perfect position on your path, as well as keep the putter face square to the target at impact. This drill also ensures both your backswing and forward swing stay congruent.

This drill is instructed by 2015 LPGA National Teacher of the Year and PGA Master Professional Alison Curdt.