Chris Wood: My go to putting drillsNovember 29, 2016 Golf Tips
Chris Wood has become one of top golfers in the world. He explains the best drills that he uses in order to keep his putting at a high standard.
When Chris Wood first started working with his putting coach Phil Kenyon his alignment and posture were very square, angular. He was bent over a little too much and it all looked rather awkward.
Chris said “So the first thing Phil did was lengthen the shaft of my putter, so that I was able to stand a little taller and with a softer, more rounded posture.
My arms hang comfortably, as opposed to bending sharply like they used to do; it’s a more natural look – and it leads to a more natural stroke.
I travel with the Vision putting mirror and use it virtually every day to check my alignment on short putts. I want to be able to look down and see that everything is aiming where I want it to be aimed”
That’s the putter, my feet, my shoulders and my eyes. It’s pretty basic stuff, but so important.
I also use a string as a guide for my stroke, and will set up a ‘gate’ a foot or so in front of the ball so that I can test and measure my ability to get the putt started on the line I want.
This is the single best drill I believe all golfers should work on. I like to do this on straight putts, but also on left-to-right breakers.
The key is that the gate has to be close enough that the ball hasn’t started to break before it goes through the gap.
I tend to clip the left side of the gate more than the right, which tells me to double-check my aim and to work harder on starting the ball on the exact line.
It’s all great feedback.