How Tour Players Practise Putting

How Tour Players Practice Putting

In this exclusive video, we set out to find how tour players practise putting by spending a day on the practice green at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championships

During the Abu Dhabi Championship we spent the day on the practice putting green. The first big tournament of the year, this was our chance to see how tour players practise putting – what drills they use, how long they spend honing their stroke in preparation of the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Morten Orum Madsen

He used the ‘progression drill’. The aim is to go up and down the line of tees holing every putt. If you miss one putt, you start from the beginning. There is a curvature on the set up of the pegs to ensure every putt breaks slightly differently. This then becomes a test of concentration and routine too! Hi caddie captures some video footage of his stroke to be examined afterwards.

Matthew Fitzpatrick

The classic ‘4 peg’ drill that requires precise accuracy and a consistent pendulum in the swing so the putter and then the ball goes through a gateway of pegs. Note also the 3-iron is laid a head’s width away from his feet to help with alignment. Also worth noting that he uses a towel to stand on, so as not to ruin the grass as he’ll be standing there for a very long time!

Alex Noren

Noren uses a mirror to check his eyeline. If your eyes are above the ball at address your read from behind will match up with what you see at set up. There are also two ball bearings at the end of the mirror, acting as a gateway through which to hit the ball.

Ian Poulter

The Englishman uses a simple drill – a piece of string between two sticks as a guide for alignment and swing path. Even though the putt breaks slightly off the right, he is able to set up perfectly square to his target line.

Andrew Dodt

He uses a training aid that helps the path of the stroke. It is designed to ensure his pendulum motion is fluid all the way to impact and into the follow through. The black line you can see in the video is a vital indicator to show how the putter should be moving.

Ben Evans

The T-bar used by the Englishman ensures his forearms are in line at address. It also prevents any breaking of the wrists through the stroke, allowing for a much more consistent strike and roll.

Wenchong Liang

Liang uses the same rope drill as Poulter - except there’s two this time! Bottom rope is there to make sure the swing is not deviating off line and helps him keep that pendulum motion.

John Parry

The ‘spiral drill’ is a test of mental strength and routine. The pegs are placed, spiraling round the hole at different distances – varies the break of each putt. There is roughly 3ft between each peg. Starting at one end, you are required to go all the way round and then back again – miss one putt, start again!

George Coetzee

Four pegs are placed either side of the putter head with the ball in the middle. This focuses the player on finding the perfect strike and keeps the downswing consistent – if its not, you will keep hitting the sides of the pegs.

Alejandro Cañizares

Another simple, putting through the gate drill. The difference here is the gate for the ball can be placed further from the putter to increase the difficulty!

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X