The Key to Putting like Cam Smith is in a Deck of Cards
Cameron Smith of Australia lines up a putt on the sixth green during the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on August 08, 2021 in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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What can we learn from this prolific putter by watching him play? Cam only hit 10 of the 18 greens in regulation, so one of Smith’s best skills is being prepared to hit putts from many different lengths close to the hole.
If you want to be a better putter like Cam, start to shift your thinking when practicing on the putting surface.
- Deck of cards
- 15’ measuring tape (or longer)
- 13 marked tees
- A Putter and a couple of golf balls
Here’s how you set up the drill...
- Find a flat area on the practice putting green, you’ll need about 15’.
- Take a pen and mark the ball end of the tee with the numbers 2 through 14. Write the number in the small indentation that holds the ball when you tee off.
- Place the tape measure on the ground with the zero end at the cup and pull it out up to 14’ from the hole. Make sure the tape measure runs parallel to the intending putting line. This is important for the next step.
- Start at 2’ and place the #2 tee in the ground. Continue this process until there is a tee every foot extending out to 14’ and #14. The tees should be in a straight line next to your intended line of the putt. Make sure they aren’t in the way of the hole. It will almost look like a picket fence of sorts extending away from the hole.
Now it’s time to play your hand…
- You are going to shuffle the deck and then draw a card. The number will correspond to a tee number. The six of diamonds, go to the #6 tee and putt. If you make it, you have earned a six.
- Draw another card. This one is a jack of clubs. The jack is the #11. Go to the tee marked #11 and putt. If you make it, you add eleven to your score.
- Jack is #11, Queen is #12, King is #13, Ace is #14
- Continue this game for all 18 holes (Draw 18 cards).
- Keep score for the entire drill and remember your total. You want to accumulate the highest total you can. Each time you practice try and beat your record.