Golf Swing Tips: The Runway Drill for Hitting Short Putts

Golf Swing Tips: The Runway Drill for Hitting Short Putts

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If you're an avid golfer, you know that putting can be one of the most frustrating parts of the game. You may have a great drive and a good approach shot, but if you can't sink those short putts, it can be demoralizing. In this video from our Golf Swing Tips series, Coach Rob shows you The Runway Drill to help you consistently hit the short ones. 

The Runway Drill

The Runway Drill is a simple but effective way to practice putting with accuracy and consistency. All you need is two alignment sticks and a target, such as a water bottle or coffee mug. Here's how to do it:

  1. Set up two alignment sticks about as wide as your putter so that there is enough space for your putter to swing through them.
  2. Practice swinging your putter straight back and straight through the runway, paying attention to any arc or opening and closing of the club face.
  3. Add a golf ball to the mix, placing it in between the alignment sticks.
  4. Take your putting set up and swing, aiming for the target. You should hear an auditory response when you hit the target, giving you positive feedback.
  5. Repeat this drill regularly, aiming for accuracy and consistency.

Why the Runway Drill Works

The Runway Drill helps you develop a consistent putting stroke by training your brain to aim for a target and swing straight through the ball. The alignment sticks act as a guide, helping you see if you're swinging too far inside or outside. The target gives you feedback when you hit it, reinforcing the feeling of a good stroke. By practicing this drill regularly, you'll be able to build muscle memory and develop a reliable putting stroke.

Final Thoughts

If you struggle with short putts, the Runway Drill is a great way to improve your accuracy and consistency. By using alignment sticks and a target, you'll be able to train your brain and build muscle memory for a reliable putting stroke. Give it a try and see if it helps you sink more putts on the course.

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