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Putting Outside of 25 Feet: Practice With a 3 Foot Circle Drill

As a former touring pro, I am all too aware of the power of practice. The right exercises can make a huge difference in your game. For this particular exercise, the focus is putting outside of 25 feet.

The primary goal when putting outside of 25 feet should be the all-important 3-foot circle around the hole. The reason 3 feet is so important is based purely on probabilities and statistics. PGA Tour professionals make 95% of 3-foot putts. Now, we aren’t all PGA Tour professionals but even for the golfer shooting in the 90’s, they are still making around 84% of these putts. Where the statistics for all golfers begins to drastically shift is every foot outside of 3 feet. Even the very best golfers on the PGA Tour drop to an average of 86% from 4 feet and that number for golfers shooting in the 90’s comfortably moves to less than 75%. Each foot out to 6 feet drops by around 10% respectively.

But there is a drill that will help you step up your game. Setup a 3-foot circle around a hole with 4-6 tees. Place tees at 40, 50, and 60 feet away from the hole. Using 4 golf balls, make five attempts (20 putts) from each tee to see how many times you can get your ball inside the 3-foot circle. This drill will really help you save a lot of shots on the golf course.

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Brad Smith
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Written by Brad Smith