New Zealand Golf Magazine

SAY GOODBYE TO 3 PUTTING

Say hello to more fun filled & productive putting practice.

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Adam Bonnar begins a series of performanc­e based skill games. This month's game helps you to practice putting.

Pictures 01-03 explains how to execute a great little putting game that will help improve your distance control, test the quality of your putting swing motion, pre-shot routine, ability to perform under pressure and it can be done almost anywhere. Essentiall­y your objective is to reach 9 points using the least amount of attempts (putting strokes) possible.

Executing this skill game & recording your scores on a regular basis has multiple benefits; more interestin­g, engaging practice session holding more purpose, creates a pressurize­d atmosphere – just like you would experience out on the golf course, and most importantl­y is you will start to see trends of performanc­e which allows you change what you're doing either through simply spending more time on the game in practice sessions or seeking assistance from a NZPGA coach.

What's important is that you see self-improvemen­t at a rate which you are comfortabl­e with. To give you an idea on scoring, 8 or less attempts suggests you're putting well, 9-13 attempts suggests you're doing some good things but if you putt like this on the golf course you will be having a few 3 or 4 putts, and anything higher than 14 attempt's suggest you are either new to the game of golf, or have a few movement technique and/or pre-shot routine issues.

Putting can contribute 25-45% of your total score out on the course, yet of all the movement techniques you could learn in the game, it is one of the easiest & fastest to acquire a performanc­e outcome change.

 ??  ?? 01-02: Place a 7iron 1m behind the hole, and 2 tee's at 4 & 8m distances. Alternate between each distance when playing.
01-02: Place a 7iron 1m behind the hole, and 2 tee's at 4 & 8m distances. Alternate between each distance when playing.
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 ??  ?? 03: Points are accrued by getting 3pts (if holed), 1 pt (if ball at rest in yellow box) or -1pt (anywhere else).
03: Points are accrued by getting 3pts (if holed), 1 pt (if ball at rest in yellow box) or -1pt (anywhere else).

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