Matt Fields, Director of Golf at Hank Haney IJGA
Matt Fields is the Director of Golf at Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island, S.C. He has been a PGA Member for 10 years and formerly worked as a PGA Professional at Pinehurst Resort, also for 10 years.
How my tip will help:
When it comes to putting, it's important to pick the correct line and hit the ball at the proper speed. As golfers, we know this is easier said than done.
Hank Haney recommends playing the maximum amount of break with the minimum amount of speed. This helps eliminate three-putts, lowering scores and improving your handicap.
Here's my tip:
At Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy, one of the drills we use to train junior golfers is the "picket fence tee drill." Here's how to do it:
- Pick a hole on the practice green with a decent amount of slope.
- Place a tee in the ground four paces away on the low side of the hole. Give yourself a right-to-left or left-to-right putt. Be sure to practice the drill from both sides.
- Place two tees in front of the hole to block half of it. The objective is to putt until you make five balls with only half the hole available. The line you play has to increase and the amount of speed needs to decrease in order to be successful.
- For the next progression, place three tees in front of the hole to block three-fourths. The goal is to putt until you make four balls with only one-fourth of the hole available.
- Now, take all the tees away and see how many putts out of ten you can make. Mentally, the hole should look like the size of a bucket!
- After this drill, notice the improved ability to marry your line and speed of putts. Implementing the drill into a consistent training program will help decrease three-putts.
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