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Drill It and Kill It: Find Your Sweet Spot

Think about this for a second: “The putt is the only shot we hit under the added pressure of being expected to make the shot.”

This keen observation comes from Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson, authors of the new book The Game Before the Game, as well as the earlier smash hit Every Shot Must Have a Purpose. The authors are top golf teachers who have instructed Annika Sorenstam, Grace Park and other LPGA Tour stars. The Game Before the Game outlines the “perfect 30-minute practice” and “breaks down the wall between practice and play, making practice as fun as golf itself.”

In the chapter entitled “Putt with a plan,” Marriott and Nilsson discuss ways to deal with that added pressure of making the shot, and provide numerous exercises to improve feel and consistency.

Following is one little gem from the putting chapter: “A lot of missed putts occur because poor contact is made with the ball. Here’s an exercise that will help you make solid contact more often: Put two rubber bands on the putter face only far enough apart for the ball to be struck there. Putt different putts and get a feel for how to find the sweet spot.”

The above excerpt is reprinted with permission from Gotham Books, a division of the Penguin Group, copyright © 2007 by Lynn Marriott and Pia Nilsson. Stay tuned here at PutterZone.com for more insights into The Game Before the game.

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Sean Weir is the founder and editor of PutterZone.com, and the author of Putter Perfection, the definitive guide to putter fitting. Profile: Google+

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