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Tiger's best putting drill

January 29, 2011

For at least the past 12 years, Tiger Woods has been considered by his peers, most golf instructors and the general public to be the best putter in the game. Even Jack Nicklaus has said that Tiger might be slightly better than he was when having to make a putt with everything on the line.

That putting stroke of Tiger's has been running a little colder this past year or so, but it's not because Tiger isn't paying attention to it. As Dave Shedloski pointed out on Thursday in an article on, after Tiger's opening-round 69 at this year's Farmer's Insurance Open (at Torrey Pines), Tiger immediately went to the practice green and made 42 consecutive four-footers using his go-to drill, which he calls the Gate Drill.

You can easily perform the Gate Drill as well, whenever you feel your stroke is out of sorts. All you need is a few balls, your favorite putter and a couple of tees. Click on the link to see exactly how Tiger does it.

Let me hear how it worked for you, and tell me about your favorite putting drill. And follow me on Twitter @rogerschiffman.

*Roger Schiffman

Managing Editor

Golf Digest*