Gary Boyd: Putting drill

In the first of a new Gary Boyd instruction series, the Callaway and IJP Design staffer talks us through his go-to putting routine...

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Wed, 24 Jul 2013
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In the first of a new instuction series, European Tour ace and IJP Design ambassador Gary Boyd met up with Golfmagic's Andy Roberts to talk through one of his go-to putting drills when honing his stroke on the greens at Woburn Golf Club...

Hello Golfmagic.

Here's a great putting drill to get involved with while out on the practice putting green this weekend. 

The concept behind this drill is to hole as many putts as you can from six-feet.

Sounds simple, right? Of course. But there's a catch.

I want you to gently place two tee pegs in the green, approximately a little wider than the width of your putter. I know this is something Tiger Woods does on a regular basis when he's practising on the greens (see image top right).

I then want you to place another two tee pegs about a foot in front of the ball, positioning them just wider than a ball's width to give you enough room to stroke the ball through. (see image second right). 

The idea behind this putting drill is to make sure your putter is going through square. I work on this drill from six-feet, but you can do this for any length. It's all about hitting your starting line.

In the instance I have right here, the ball breaks a hole from the right, so it’s all about visualisation. You’re working on your stroke but then you’re also working on actual targets.

You’re trying to hit to a target a foot in front of you. Every putt is a straight putt. You’re rolling the ball on a nice line and you’re getting good feedback on results on where the ball is going.

I wouldn’t necessary do this while practising at a tournament unless I was really struggling, but at home, this is great. I also like to practice this drill from different sides of the hole, to make sure I'm building confidence on left-to-right, right-to-left and straight putts. 

I personally practice the left-to-right putt the most as it's the hardest putt to start on the right line. A lot of right-handers will always tend to push it on this type of putt.

To show you the example of a bad putt, such as someone coming in on the inside, take a look at the bottom right image. You will find you'll strike the nearest tee peg in front of you with the putter and the ball will more than likely hit the top tee peg a foot in front of you. 

When I’m practising this drill at home, like I’ll be doing here at Woburn Golf Club this week, I will attempt to make 50 putts in a row without hitting any tee pegs! Why not have a go and see how you get on?

If you decide to give it a go, please let me know how you get on in the forum below or you can tweet me @GaryBoyd86

Stay tuned for more instruction tips from Boyd on Golfmagic.

What's in Boyd's bag

Driver: Callaway X Hot Pro (9.5-degree)
3-wood:
Callaway X Hot Pro (15-degree)
Utility:
Callaway X Utility (18-degree)
Irons:
Callaway Forged
Wedges: 
Callaway Mack Daddy 2
Putter:
Odyssey Versa #2
Ball:
Callaway HEX Chrome ++
Apparel: IJP Design

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In the first of a new instuction series, European Tour ace Gary Boyd met up with Golfmagic's Andy Roberts to talk through one of his go-to putting drills while honing his stroke on the greens at Woburn Golf Club...

Hello Golfmagic. Here's a great putting drill to do when you've got a spare half hour on the putting green this weekend. 

The concept behind this drill is to hole as many putts as you can from six-feet. Sounds simple, right? Of course. But there's a catch.

I want you to start by gently place two tee pegs in the green, approximately several inches wider than the width of your putter. See below. 

I then want you to place another two tee pegs about a foot in front of the ball, positioning them just wider than a ball's width to give you enough room to stroke the ball through. See below. 

The idea behind this putting drill is to make sure your putter is going through square. 

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