Thursday, May 14

Jim McLean Golf Instruction: One-Ball Practice Drill

By Jim McLean
Special to ARMCHAIR GOLF


(Editor’s note: This is the fourth of a seven-part series on spring practice drills.)

Problem: The player loses his or her concentration when putting. Or, he or she always practices with multiple balls yet fails to improve.

Result: Poor putting scores on the golf course, particularly in tournaments.

Goal:
To find a way to enhance your mental focus and simulate real golf situations.

Practice procedure:
Practice with just one ball instead of throwing a few balls down on the green and putting without focus, as many poor putters typically do. Use your on-course putting routine and concentrate on every stroke. This will intensify your concentration. Try to create “game conditions,” and make your practice much like the real thing.

Next time: Horizontal-Shaft Drill

Jim McLean is the instruction editor for Golf Digest and the Golf Channel, and an author of numerous, top-selling golf instruction books. For a free intro DVD to his new Building Block Approach, visit Jim McLean Golf School.

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