Putting drill: Make all of your 4 foot putts

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  • March 03, 2012

Daniel Coyle, author of the book “The Talent Code” would be proud of the putting drill in this video below.

The basic premise of “The Talent Code” is to make practice extremely efficient in developing the precise motor skills necessary for the task in competition. Often this meant devising unorthodox practice techniques that Coyle calls:

Deep Practice

Here’s a quote from a book review:

“Journalist Daniel Coyle spent years investigating talent hotbeds, interviewing world-class practitioners (top soccer players, violinists, fighter, pilots, artists, and bank robbers) and neuroscientists. In clear, accessible language, he presents a solid strategy for skill acquisition in athletics, fine arts, languages, science or math that can be successfully applied through a person s entire lifespan.”

Brian’s drill for keeping your putts on the your target line is a perfect example of how you can develop a Touring Pro’s 92% consistency at making putts under 4 feet.

If you read the book, you would agree that Brian’s tip here is definitely “Deep Practice” for putting mastery.

It’s no wonder he has produced more tour winners than any other golf coach out there.

“For example, in 2007 the PGA
golfers made 99:2% of their putts of length 3 feet or less. From distances greater than 3 feet and less than or equal
to 4 feet, the percentage drops to 91:5%.”

Source: pgatour.com


  • Mbwa Kali Sana says:

    There is a great drill devised by Johnny REVOLTA :take a pièce of Wood ,the size of a ruler,round up One end :put So you. push the pièce of Wood with YOUR putter head :if the pièce of Wood moves straight ahead ,YOUR putting stroke is OK.

  • Mbwa Kali Sana says:

    Read OPTIMAL PUTTING by Golf putting Guru GEOFF MANGUM :best book on putting ever written !
    I gurantee your putting scores Will improve if you implément his instructions .
    His technique assimilates the putter To a pendulum :let it swing like GRANDMOTHER ‘ s clock ,and you Will hole More puts !

    • Craig Sigl says:

      Thanks for comment Mbwa. Geoff Mangum and I have had some email exchanges and I know he is a great putting instructor.
      Greens and Fairways,


  • Mike says:

    I do something similar but it’s indoors and I use a 2 to 3 metre length of linoleum (vinyl) flooring on a level surface (floor).
    Draw a straight line, (or use the pattern if there is one) and putt along the line. if you’re not on track – the “lino doesn’t lie”
    Guaranteed to work and cost is almost zero.

  • Mbwa Kali Sana says:

    Excellent drill, Brian .
    I practise also with the “BALLOF STEEL”.It doesn’t lie!

  • joe says:

    no sound on video

  • deb says:

    Or u can use the shadow of the flagstick…if the sun’s shining 🙂

  • Pelle says:

    This is one of the best working tips I’ve seen for a long while. While am pretty happy with my putting, there are still one or two simple “should-have-made” putts per round, so I had to try… After a handful of putts on the carpet I started hitting them dead straight! Not just close enough, but hitting the previous ball!
    Next I tried to visualize and close my eyes after aiming. Wow, I could still hit most of the putts dead straight!!! Its still a month or so before the course opens over here, but I’m really excited! I don’t know exactly what happened, but I can now putt one 5m putt after another, all ending up within the grip length on my putter and over half of them I will hit the previous ball. Now, if someone could teach me how to read breaks….

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