How much time are you spending on the putting green?

Blog Post By: Jon Conklin, Director of Operations & Head Golf Pro

On a daily basis, I see golfers arrive anywhere between 30-60 minutes early for their tee time(s). During this time, I see a wide-variety of ways to prepare for the upcoming round:

   1) Hit zero golf balls and head straight to the tee.

   2) Hit a few balls and then relax with their choice refreshment at the bar or in the golf cart.

   3) Hit some golf balls and roll some putts prior to their tee time.

   4) Partake in a full warm-up on the range, hitting as many balls as possible until the starter calls their tee time. 

Whatever your practice routine is prior to getting to the first tee, my #1 suggestion is spending more time on the putting green. Think about it. The largest percentage of strokes taken with a single club is your putter. When a golf course is designed and has a certain PAR established, it is done with the intent of 2 putts per hole (36 total). Plus, we have all heard the golfer that complains because it took them 4 holes to become familiar to the green speed and that this is to blame for their poor play. The putting green is cut every day, just as the holes on the golf course are.  If you spend your time prior to the round working on the speed, there should be no excuses down the road.

A great way to figure out the speed prior to your round is to work on doing a drill called "The Ladder Drill". Simply take a handful of golf balls and roll one to the edge of the green from where you are standing (30-50 feet). Then, hit the next one as close to that ball as you can without hitting it past. You will do this with each ball until you hit a ball past the one prior or run out of balls.  You can do this the other way with hitting a golf ball 5-10 feet in front of you.  Then take the next ball and hit it just in front of that one and so on until you run out of room or until you hit one shorter than the previous ball.

By doing this drill, you will become a much better lag putter, and you will also create a feel for the speed of the greens for that day. 
Posted by admin at Jul 10, 2018 Category: Other
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Warm Up, Putting, Practice, Lesson