Benchmark testing is not a new idea and I am sure that you will have come across the concept before. If we are to make any significant improvement in any pursuit, you must first know where you are starting from. Therefore, a putting test is the first step in your journey to better putting.
You should test at the start of the programme and at regular intervals throughout, so you can measure improvement and maintain your motivation.
There are numerous reasons to test your ability levels, including:
• to show a starting performance level
• to motivate or set goals
• to adjust the current training programme
• to monitor improvement, compare to handicap averages
• identify strengths or weaknesses
• to re-evaluate needs in training
PHASE 1 OF THE PUTTING TEST
The test is simple to do and phase 1, which is carried out on the practice putting green, should take no longer than 30 minutes. Phase 2, is carried out over your next round and you just need the total putt score for the round.
Phase 1 test 1, 12 putts from 3ft distances around the hole. You score 1 point for each putt made.
Test 2, 6 putts from 6ft distances around the hole. You score 2 points for each putt made.
Test 3, 4 putts from 20ft away from the hole. You score 3 points for each putt you make. The total points for each distance indicate where your strengths and weaknesses are and will direct your practice sessions later. The total of all distance points is your performance indicator.
PHASE 2 OF THE PUTTING TEST
Phase 2, is carried out over your next round. You should putt out on every green, no givens. We have produced a scorecard App, that can be downloaded from either the App Store or Google Play. This will help you collate your putts per round score as you go.
SETTING YOUR GOALS
According to a study done by Gail Matthews at Dominican University, those who wrote down their goals accomplished significantly more than those who did not write down their goals. Use the statistics from your test to write down your putting goals.
The first thing to identify is your score target. By this, we are referring to the total score for your average round. Do you want to break 100, 90, 80, PGA Tour level? Then work out from the figures below how many putts you have, in your round to be within the bracket for the score you have chosen.
Going through this testing phase will have helped you identify how well you are putting now and what level you will need to putt at to reach your target average score.
For the purposes of this training series, we are concentrating on the putting aspect only. However, for you to reach your average round score target, you need to make sure that you develop the skill level across all the shots types.
The figures below are taken from research carried out by Dr. L.J. Riccio, Ph.D. an analysis of “average golfers.”
Putts for an average Score of 71
Putts for and average score of 81
Putts for an average score of 91
Putt for an average score of 99
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