How to use your bank card to improve your putting at home — for free!
I’m not sure where in the world you are right now, but I’m in the northeast, where it’s been rainy and cold for a full week now. It’s why I’m starting to prepare for the worst, otherwise known as the offseason. Like a bear stocking-up on food before hibernating for the winter, I am compiling a mass of at-home tips that will last me through the colder months, so my game doesn’t emerge sluggish in 2021.
One of them is so simple I wonder why I don’t do it more. All it requires is a golf ball, a putter, and a card of some sort.
PERFECT PUTTING MAT STANDARD
The way it works is exceedingly simple. It’s a three-step drill:
- Set up to the golf ball
- Holding your putter in place, replace the golf ball with the credit card, so one side is flush with the putter face.
- Remove the putter and check to see where the card is aligned.
You can see it demonstrated by teacher Mike Bury below (who is an A+ follow on Instagram if you haven’t already)
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Here’s an old throwback to a simple putter face alignment check. . 1. Take your set up to the ball and get ready to putt. 2. Move the ball out of the way and place your card flush to the putter face. 3. Take a look from behind and recalibrate as necessary. . Which way do you aim?
The primary benefit of this drill is to check the alignment of your putterface. It’s not uncommon for golfers to align their putterface closed or open at setup unknowingly. By employing the use of an outside object as a visual aid, it allows you to check your alignment, and course-correct quickly if need be. If your credit card is not pointed in the direction you want, there’s something amiss with your alignment.