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Game of the Week: Squeeze Play

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In all sports, coaches preach the importance of minimizing errors to their players. In golf, some of these errors include removing penalizing drives, missing greens from inside 100 yards and reducing the number of 3-putts. The error I hope to help you minimize in this article is your number of 3-putts. A tour player averages one 3-putt every other round. How many 3-putts do you average per round?

The first place to look to help reduce the number of 3-putts is your ability to control the distance the golf ball travels on the green, because managing the speed of your putts is imperative. While there are several things to look for technically — tempo, consistency of ball contact on the face, acceleration factors and more — I like to start with a drill or game, see how a golfer does, and then evaluate what needs to be done from there.

Here is one of those games, which I call Squeeze Play.

Game: Squeeze Play

  • Gear needed: Putter, thread/thin string/ribbon, 10+ golf balls.
  • Time needed: 15+ minutes (depending on your dedication).

Rules: Set up two pieces of thread, thin string or even ribbon on the green 15 feet apart. From 15 feet away from the closest ribbon, roll your first putt as close to the far ribbon as possible without going past it. Then hit your second putt as close to your first putt without going past that ball. The key is that each putt must roll shorter than the previous putt, or you have to start over. Abiding by that rule, try to get as many golf balls between the ribbons as possible. A great number is 10 golf balls. Once you do that, move back about 10 feet and do the drill again.

For more games visit our interactive practice website www.golfscrimmages.com or book Golf Scrimmages.

 Benefits: Here’s what this game helps you with.

  • You can’t play good golf without being proficient at getting your long putts close, and that comes from having a good feel for the speed of the greens.
  • Practicing your distance control is like brushing your teeth; it’s something you must do all the time.
  • You might find yourself getting frustrated at times, so back away, take a breath and go through your routine knowing that this type of challenging practice will make you a stronger player on the actual golf course!

Practice well to play well, GolfWRXers.

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Trent Wearner is the No. 1-rated teacher in Colorado by Golf Digest Magazine, as well as a two-time Colorado PGA Teacher of the Year (2004, 2014). Along the way, he has been recognized as a Top 20 Teacher Under Age 40 by Golf Digest, a Top 50 Kids Teacher in America by U.S. Kids Golf and a Top Teacher in the Southwestern U.S. by GOLF Magazine. Trent is also the author of the book Golf Scrimmages and creator of the website GolfScrimmages.com

4 Comments

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  1. Douglas Kim

    Aug 15, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Nice things. You can do this drill with just one ball and a few minute and at home with PUTTOST. Lol.

    • Douglas Kim

      Aug 15, 2016 at 7:07 pm

      Nice things. You can do this drill with just one ball and a few minute and at home with PUTTIST. Lol.

  2. Jim H

    Aug 15, 2016 at 10:38 am

    Agree. Targeting 12 inches past the hole for amateurs will result in more putts made. One of the biggest detriments to successful putting is not rolling the ball all the way to the cup.

  3. Jason

    Aug 13, 2016 at 6:08 pm

    I like it but feel it ingrains in you that coming up 1″ short of your target is great. This is fine until you are trying to hole putts.

    I think finding a way to make it the opposite would provide more benefit. Where each putt has to go farther than the prior one.

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