Improve your skills | Improve your scoring – ‘Phil’s Putting Secret’
We all know Phil Mickelson can be a great putter, in fact some would call him streaky

Skill Acquisition – Short Putting

n this ongoing series of blog articles I’m going to show you how you can improve your scoring by improving your skills, by taking your current game and utilising it for better scoring. Many golfers spend countless hours on the range never really make the scoring inroads they desire.

The next time you head to the range or golf course try this skills test which is guaranteed to improve your short putting, even under intense situations.

We all know Phil Mickelson can be a great putter at times, in fact some would call him streaky. A few years ago Phil Mickelson’s putting statistics were published in golf digest for the year.  The results were impressive to say the least, the results stated that for the year Phil averaged 99% from 3 feet, 94% from 4 feet, 83% from 5 feet and 68% from 6 feet.

I think this goes to show that even PGA Tour pros miss a high percentage of putts inside of 6 feet and even at this high level.  I’m sure is a contrary to most golfers beliefs who feel that they should be making everything inside of 10 feet.

With these stats in mind I’ve put together the ‘Phil Drill’ for short putting.  In this drill stroke 10 putts from around the hole from 3 ft, 4 ft, 5 ft and 6 ft (40 in total) recording how many you hole for each distance, doing this over a period of time you’ll begin to see a pattern in your results.  Another way to score this for the advanced player is to allow yourself no misses from 3 ft, 1 miss from 4ft, 2 misses from 5ft and 3 misses from 6ft, matching Phil’s stats for that year.

Leave a comment if you think this drill will help or has helped your short putting

Email me @ for a copy of the spreadsheet so you can record your results.


  1. Apr 26, 2011
    10:18 am

    Stacey Keating

    Arahhh that old gag! 😉 Love it SG!

  2. Apr 26, 2011
    11:45 am


    I always used the N,S,E and West 3 foot drill. Must hole all 20 to move to 10ft. Set a goal (for me 50%) the if you can do that do the 25ft (semi circle behind the hole) drill. Must get all of them past to give it a chance but not outside the semi circle. For distance 3ft, 6ft, 9ft and so on. They are quite challenging but i guess a peice of cake for someone like Stacey! I like the blog SG

    • Apr 26, 2011
      9:12 pm


      Thanks for the comment Craig, the N.E.S.W is a great drill and very challenging thanks for sharing – I will look to post this in a few weeks as I definitely think it’s one worth practicing. Good putting SG

  3. Apr 26, 2011
    1:55 pm

    Thomas Low

    awesome!! I like this drill SG

    • Apr 26, 2011
      9:13 pm


      Thanks Thomas, remember to read it, roll it and hole it!

      • Aug 6, 2011
        5:59 am


        No compaitlns on this end, simply a good piece.

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