Improve Your Putting Distance Control With The 4 By 8 Drill

Improve Your Putting Distance Control With The 4 By 8 Drill


Hello I’m Brian Fitzgerald The Golf Doctor.

Today we are going to look at a really good putting drill to try and get some control over the distance that you hit the ball.

I call it the Four By Eight Drill. I hope you enjoy it.

So I have set up my Four By Eight Drill here.

Basically I set up four balls here all pointing at the hole. That’s eight paces away. I put a circle of tees one club length around the hole. So my target is to get my ball inside that circle.

I’ve also done similarly here. I’ve set these four balls up four metres or four paces from the hole and I’ve set up a circle of tees one putter length around the hole. The object is to see how many of the eight balls I can get into the circles. That’s the plan. Lets see how I go.

A little bit to the right.


That makes it easy.

Oh. Nearly.

OK the last short one.

Ok, so that’s how we do it.

Now what we do is we go up and we have a look and we try and count how many balls are inside the circle. so I have all four in the circle there and one in the hole.

And over here I have got all four well and truly in the circle.

So by doing that we are working on our distance control. If we can control our distance, we stop 3 putting and we are going to be better off.

Ok so that was the Four By Eight Drill.

If you practice the Four By Eight Drill regularly. You’ll find you get better distance control. If you get better distance control you won’t have as many 3 putts. if you don’t have as many 3 putts you will definitely lower your score.

So do it regularly. It’s a fantastic Drill. Look at some of my other putting drills.Which also deal with distance control.I’ll put links to the video up there.

Thank you for letting me help you with your golf. I’m Brian Fitzgerald “The Golf Doctor”.


Putting from off the green a smart option

During the US Open, I found it interesting to see Martin Kaymer choose the putter from just off the green instead of chipping.

Putting is an easier shot than chipping as it is much easier to make solid contact resulting in more consistent distance control.

A highlight for me was when he was playing the 16th hole in the last round he had a shot where there was a bunker between him and the flag. If he had chosen to play a little pitch over the bunker it would have been a great shot just to get it within a couple of flag sticks from the hole. If he miss hit it the bunker was an option or going over the green bringing the possibility of a double or triple bogey.

Instead Martin chose the putter (taking the bunker out of play and making his worst score a bogey), hitting it to 20 feet with little risk.

My suggestion to golfers is the first choice is to putt, second choice is to chip and third choice is to pitch.

If you use this rule as a guide you will see your scores improve and become more consistent.


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