This drill is one of Zach's favorites. Place a shaft 18 inches behind the hole and start with 3 balls 5 feet away from the hole. The goal is obviously to make the putt; however your secondary objective is to get the ball to the hole but not touch the shaft. When you achieve this with all three balls, move out to 10 feet.
If you come up short on any of the three, or hit the shaft, you have to go back to the previous distance. After you are successful at 10 feet, move out to 15. You can go in any increments you want. When Dr. Mo and I want to really challenge Zach, we go 10, 20 and 30 feet. Mo has found that this really sharpens Zach's focus and makes his practice productive. He really dials in his speed while tapping into his competitive nature. Try it!
Pat O’Brien is the teaching professional at
Lakewood Country Club in Dallas. He’s the short game
instructor to 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson, as
well as PGA Tour players Vaughn Taylor, Colt Knost,
Ted Purdy and numerous o More...