2 warm-up drills Tiger was spotted using at the PGA — and how they can help you

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One-handed putts are one of Tiger's favorite.


Tiger Woods is making just his second start since the restart this week at the 2020 PGA Championship after a slightly unspectacular showing at The Memorial. But Tiger won’t be losing sleep over it. Everything Tiger does, at this point in his career, is designed around winning majors, and by all accounts he’s been taking his preparation or this one very seriously.

Tiger has reportedly been on the grounds at TPC Harding Park early and often. He played another practice round on Monday, two things about his practice round caught my eye — largely because they’re easy enough to do yourself, whether you’re warming up for a major or just looking to improve in a hurry.

1. 1 spot, 2 chips

This is something that I’ve observed Tiger Woods doing during his pre-round warmups, so it makes sense he’d do it during his practice rounds, too. He takes a handful of golf balls — two or three usually — drops them in the same spot, and hits different shots for each with the same club. The first will be a high flop, and the second a low runner.

It’s a simple exercise, but one that gives him a better understanding of how the greens respond to different types off shots.

2. One-handed lag putts

Another go-to drill of Tiger’s that doubles as a favorite for numerous good putters on Tour is to simply hit putts one-handed. It promotes a more free-swinging putting stroke that allows the hands to stay soft, and the putterhead to release more fully.


Luke Kerr-Dineen

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Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.