The game Zach Johnson plays to warm up his putting stroke

July 14, 2019

Zach Johnson‘s short game has been notorious on Tour for over a decade. So how does he groove that silky putting stroke pre-round? We followed him to find out.

1:10 p.m. Arrives on green, hits a series of five-footers.

1:20 p.m. Sets up putting drill: six tees like a railroad track. Hits nine putts from three feet.

1:23 p.m. Checks text message containing Thursday tee time.

1:25 p.m. Hits three putts with his eyes closed.

1:26 p.m. Hits three putts right-hand only.

1:27 p.m. Hits three putts through the tee track with an alignment stick under his arm.

1:29 p.m. Removes stick, hits three putts through the tees.

Zach Johnson's short game has been rock-solid over the years.
Zach Johnson's short game has been rock-solid over the years.
USA Today

1:31 p.m. Hits three putts from three feet circling the hole. The goal? Make 10 in a row.

1:35 p.m. Completes circle, finds a new hole and restarts game from four feet. Bets coach Mike Bender that he can complete drill without missing.

1:39 p.m. Wins bet.

1:41 p.m. Walks to different hole and restarts game from five feet. Misses first putt, laughs. Putts until he makes them all.

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