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Learn how to putt better under pressure with this simple tip from Golf Monthly Top 25 Coach Gary Smith


- You do not feel comfortable holing out under pressure

- Your short putting is a weakness


When you are under pressure, doing your best to grind out a respectable medal score that your practice time really pays off. You may have seen this drill before, but it’s worth mentioning again because this is an excellent way of recording your improvement while testing all aspects of your putting. Mark a tee peg around a foot from the hole and mark out a line of ten pegs with equal spacing. Starting with the shortest putt, see how many putts you can hole in a row, moving further from the hole with each putt. If you miss any of them, start again. This is a great way to fix faults in your putting without getting too technical.

If you manage to hole all ten, move to a more sloping area of the green and start again. This drill is a great way to learn how to putt better under pressure. For great drills to hone your touch, read Rory McIlroy's article on feel drills.

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Think in fractions

If you are really serious about taking your putting to the next level this is a drill I would suggest to lower handicappers. The best putters in the world will work out which part of the hole they want the ball to drop in. You can work on this by placing three tee pegs in a semi circle around the back of the hole. Before putting, you should choose either the left edge, right edge or centre of the cup. From around 6ft try to hole the putt dead weight into the selected part of the hole.


Neil Tappin
Neil Tappin

Neil has worked for Golf Monthly for over 15-years. 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. Neil is currently a 2-handicap golfer who has played the game for as long as he can remember. In his role 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! 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: Titleist TSi3 Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 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