The 2015 U.S. Open will haunt Dustin Johnson forever. The 31-year-old had a makable 12 foot putt for eagle on the par-5 18th hole. Even a miss and a tap in for birdie would have forced a Monday playoff with Jordan Spieth. Alas, Johnson three-putted, made par, and Spieth won the U.S. Open.
Look, we’ve all been there, albeit not on the kind of stage Johnson was on last Sunday.
But does this sound like you? A great second shot gets you on the green in two. You have a reasonably short putt for birdie. You line it up, and then you pull it. Or you push it right. Or you leave it short. Sigh. Maybe it’s time to start really focusing on your Texas wedge. After all, you do use your putter more than any other club in your bag.
Here’s 6 simple drills to start sinking more putts:
1. Insane Putting Drill to Handle Pressure
Watch the most insane putting drill that will have you prepared to handle the pressure of tournament golf. Do this and you will be better equipped next time you have a putt to win a tournament.
2. The Blindfold Putting Drill
When putting, we must take in a lot of information but knowing what to do with it can sometimes be confusing. This is a crazy-helpful drill that can train your brain to become a better putter.
3. Become a Putting Maestro with the Umbrella Drill
Here’s a great putting drill that will improve your distance and direction with the putter. Work your way out of the umbrella and become a putting maestro in no time.
4. Improve your Putting Rhythm with this Simple Drill
Pick a hole and all you need to do after one look is count “1,2,3” out loud as you hit the ball. It will improve both your strike and your rhythm with the short stick.
5. Why Distance and Direction with the Putter = Winning
With this simple putting drill, you’ll have your distance and direction with the putter dialled in. That means winning.
6. Putting Drill to Slice your Handicap in Hal
If you do this putting drill explained by Bernd Wiesberger, you might see your handicap sliced in half by the end of the year. Pay close attention!