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”.


3 Things You Need To Do To Improve Your Golf

There are three simple things golfers of all standards can do to improve their golf.

1. Make your bad shot better,

If your bad shot is a 30 meter slice with your driver and you can turn it into a 20 meter slice your score will definitely improve.

2. When you have a wedge of any description in your hands, get it on the green.

How many times have you found your self hitting a wedge into the green. You have the hole at your mercy and instead of getting the ball on to the green you leave it short in the bunker or blade it over the green. This is quite often compounded by a followup bad shot as you are steaming from missing the green the first time. You may even three putt for good good measure.

3. Stop 3 putting

Nothing ruins your golf score faster than 3 putting.

Look at my putting playlist and try to do the Distance Control Drill.

If you imagine a hula hoop around the hole on long putts. Try to get your ball to finish inside the hula hoop rather than trying to get the ball into the hole.

Alternatively place a club 1 club length behind the hole and try to get four balls between the hole and the club from different distances. Say 4 meters 8 meters and 12 meters. If you get your first putt close to the hole you will 3 putt less.