My New Approach To Putting Practice

Detailing my new putting practice approach

Putting is a level playing ground…. who drove the furthest off the tee? Who had the shortest approach shot?… When you are on the green none of that matters.

I have neglected my putting, i can hit balls all day long, i can even chip and pitch for hours on end but putting has never been something I’ve loved to practice. Somehow I still manage to convince myself i should be rolling in every putt i take a look at!

I decided to really step up my putting game and had a dig on how best to do that with the limited time i can keep my concentration up, it turns out that this is a common issue and continuing to practice after all interest has been lost can actually be harming your stroke!

Little and often meaningful practice is what i found to be the ideal strategy for me, short sessions every day where i really focus on training my putting stroke. My approach was super simple:

  • Hit 10-20 putts per session (always done indoors on carpet)
  • Use putting mirror and ProV1 (ball i use on the course)
  • Focus on fundamentals using mirror – ball position, eye position, stroke etc.
  • Do this every single day

I have found this a real stress free way to get in some solid putting practice this past week and because its every day i am accumulating way more solid and focused practice strokes per week than a half hearted effort on the putting!

I am aiming to stick at it for another week and then post my results and feedback so stay tuned for that!

The putting mirror i use is the EyeLine golf compact mirror, i find it to be the perfect size and it has alignment and stroke aiding lines as well as the namesake eye line! You can get the exact one i use here or similar ones here.

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2 Exercise Home Golf Workout

I had a conversation with a friend the other day, they were telling me how they love the gym an working out but they couldn’t keep to a consistent routine due to work commitments, it got me thinking about a super quick workout that can be done almost anywhere with no equipment and that will still give you great results!

The following workout is what I came up with-a 2 exercise workout that targets the whole body and gives you a big bang for your buck!

1. Shoulder width press-ups with rotation

With your hands shoulder width apart, perform a press-up making sure to get as close to the ground with your chest as you can, explode up from the bottom and as you reach the point where your arms are fully extended-lift one arm off the ground and perform a rotation that ends with you forming the letter ‘T’, return to press-up position in a smooth, controlled movement then perform another press-up and rotation on the other side.

(Watch a video of me performing this exercise on instagram, linked at the bottom of the article)

2. Deep jump squats with a pause

With feet just outside hip width and slightly turned out feet, drop down into a deep squat (hip crease below your knee) and pause in this position for a count of 3 – then explosively push up through the middle of your feet and jump as high as possible, if you are performing this outdoors then extend your arms overhead for more momentum. land and immediately drop back down into the squat position.


These 2 exercises will have your whole body covered! Both exercises have an explosive element to them which is great for engaging multiple muscle groups. The press-ups target your entire upper body and core while the squat jumps target the lower body really effectively.

I would perform these exercises in a circuit, start with 10 reps on each side of the press-up rotations, have 15-30 seconds rest then 15 reps of the paused squat jumps. Repeat this circuit 4-8 times depending on ability and time.

Give this workout a go and let me know how you got on! For exercise videos check out my instagram linked below!


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Simple Golf Exercises To Hit The Ball Further

People who can hit a golf ball a long way are worshiped as gods by some, Its time to gain some yards, bomb some drives and rightfully take your godly status! 

Gaining distance doesn’t have to be a complicated process, consistently perform a few simple exercises which effectively target the right areas and boom, job done! No need to change your swing or find that “secret trick to gain distance” bunch of crap that you see advertised everywhere, just put in a little bit of hard work with the right movements, that’s it. In my opinion simplicity is best, you can start to get more complex with your exercise selection when your progress stalls, why jump in at the deep end and loose all those easy distance gains?!

I’m going to show you my go-to, basic exercises & stretches that helped me build a lot of my distance when I first began training. Some of these require an exercise band, a very cheap piece of equipment which is essential if you are serious about gaining distance. A dumbbell would also be handy but not essential. I usually perform these exercises in the gym but to show you how easy it is to do them at home I have done them in a cramped room!


Push up – we start of with a simple move that will build upper body strength, power and co-ordination. 3 sets of 10 – 15 reps.

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Pause squat – this is a mixture of a strength/power builder and a mobility exercise and can be performed with a dumbbell held in front of your chest for extra resistance. Holding the position at the bottom will get a deep stretch throughout the hips and lower back, sore spots for most golfers. Simply squat down so your hip crease is at least level with your knees and hold this position for 5 slow breaths, push through your heels to stand back up and repeat. 3 sets of 10 reps.

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Upward band wood-chop – standing on one end of a cable and holding the other in both hands in front of your chest, slowly rotate your whole core as you lift your arms above shoulder height, keeping your core braced at all times. Return to the start position and repeat. make sure to perform on both sides for even development. 3 sets of 15 reps each side.

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Downward band wood-chop – Same as above but starting with band attached above shoulder height, here I attached it to some hooks on the door. Again 3 sets of 15 reps each side. (both of these wood-chop exercises can be performed with a dumbbell instead of a band in the same way)

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Band resisted swing – with the band still attached high, set up in your golf posture while holding the band making sure it is moderately stretched. perform a backswing and let the band become loose, now swing down with your hips and shoulders as you would in your real golf swing keep going until your arms reach just past impact and hold this position, you should feel  stretch and contraction through your hips and core. 3 sets of 12 holds, perform on both sides again to promote even development.

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These are my go-to exercises for increased distance, as you become move advanced in your training experience you can add more complex movements. Perform them one after the other in a single workout 2 -3 times per week with at least one day off between.


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Golf Fitness – Mental Benefits Of Training For Golf

With the Ryder Cup under way today, it got me thinking about all the performance elements that these great players possess. It obviously takes a lot of skill but also physical ability, mental focus / strength and confidence, all three of these are ‘bonus’ benefits from training!

The most obvious is the physical benefit, strong, explosive muscles in the right places will help you with many aspects of the game, distance, stability and control just to name a few. Along with all these benefits comes confidence, hitting towering drives past your playing partners / opponents gives you an edge over them, in match play I have seen first hand the effects of this kind of ‘intimidation’ my opponent starts to swing harder in an attempt to keep up and looses any rhythm! Also, having the stability and control when external factors are against you really helps your confidence grow, if the wind is howling yet you have built a solid, stable base and strength required to hit stinging punch shots, you feel like you can take on the world!

Other boosts to mentality and confidence come actually in the gym or at home, wherever you prefer to work out. It takes mental strength and resilience to keep pushing for progress in training sessions, something you build up as you initially start training. Getting that final rep on something like squats is a real mental battle, your body is telling you to stop but you know that for the best gains you have to dig deep and push harder! This has served me well on the golf course, many times things have seemed to be going against me, you may have had a stretch of bad holes or be down in a match, whatever it is it helps when you know you can dig deep for that extra something.

There is nothing that boosts confidence like feeling strong and powerful, if you are standing over the ball and you feel strong and like you have complete control over your swing, you can be unstoppable! I believe this is why Rory McIlroy loves to train for golf so much and we all know how good he can be! Another confidence booster is realising what you are actually capable of, when you are stuck at the bottom of a squat or a deadlift just wont budge, and you manage to tap into that something extra inside of you, you start to really believe in yourself. Believing in yourself is priceless in golf.

Forgive me if I sounded biased or overly passionate! I really do believe that specific golf training helps you in many aspects of your game, not just the physical. If you like the sound of all this but are new to working out then Check out my other posts here on great golf exercises, workouts and tips. In my last post I outlined a great home workout that strengthens your whole body and only requires a pair of dumbbells! I also offer a FREE bodyweight plyometric (don’t worry, its not too complex) workout when you subscribe to my newsletter which brings great golf exercises, workouts and tips straight to your inbox! Details are just below.

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Golf Exercise – Full Body Dumbbell Home Workout

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A lot of people that I talk to about working out for golf tell me that they prefer to train at home, mostly because it is more convenient and they find it easier to stick to a training schedule that way, you also never have to wait for any equipment! Workouts at home can be just as effective as at the gym and can be performed with limited equipment, the routine I will detail in this post only requires a pair of dumbbells like these (click for link)

This routine is a full body workout and contains exercises designed to increase strength, power, stability and also some muscle hypertrophy (muscle building). It covers all the major muscles that will help you in your golf swing, legs, glutes, low back, upper back, shoulders and core. These muscles will help give you a strong, stable base to make a powerful swing from and some serious distance!

The weight for each exercise should be moderately heavy and so that reaching the required reps is a challenge, when you can perform the required number of reps you should add weight and build back up again. between each exercise take 60 – 90 seconds rest depending on how hard you found the previous set. This workout can be performed every other day for as long as you are making progress or it can be added to your workout schedule with other training sessions.

So here it is:

1. Goblet Squat – 3 sets of 10 reps


Holding a dumbbell in both hands and against your chest for support, push your hips back and squat down until your knees reach at least a 90 degree angle. Try to keep your chest up and torso as upright as possible. From the bottom of the movement, push explosively from the middle of your foot.

2. Push-up to Row – 3 sets of 12 reps


In push-up position, resting on Dumbbells, perform a push up then immediately row one of the Dumbbells to your chest and then the other. Make sure to keep your core braced at all times and perform the rows in a controlled, smooth movement.

3. Half Squat Push Press – 3 sets of 10 reps


Holding both Dumbbells at your shoulders, perform a half squat and then explosively push through the middle of your feet in a jumping movement and press the weights overhead in one motion. Slowly lower the weights and repeat.

4. One Leg Romanian Deadlift – 3 sets of 10 reps


Holding both Dumbbells in your hands and with one leg bent slightly in the air, bend slowly from the hips with straight arms and making sure to keep your back as straight as possible, when you feel a nice stretch down the back of your legs slowly extend back to the start position, squeezing your glutes all the way.

5. Rear Delt Fly – 3 sets of 15 reps


Bend over as close to parallel to the floor as possible, if you have a chair that you can rest your chest on at this angle then that’s a great tool, if not its not essential. In order to fully stimulate the rear delt you have to have the opposite of ‘good’ posture, allow your shoulders to roll forwards and your shoulder blades to separate. From this position you simply raise your straight arms to your sides until they are parallel to the ground. The weight you will need for this is to be fairly light as going heavy Puts you at risk of injury.

6. Dumbbell lunge – 3 sets of 15 reps (each leg)


Holding Dumbbells in each hand at your side, take a large step forward with one leg and drop down into a lunge, push back up with both legs then switch legs and repeat for 15 reps each leg.

7. Russian Twists – 3 sets of 15 reps (each side)


Laying on your back and holding a dumbbell in both arms I front of your chest, sit up and raise your legs. When in this ‘contracted’ position, twist your torso and the dumbbell to the left and then all the way round to the right. Repeat this for 15 reps each side.

The you have it, a full body workout to get you strong, stable and bombing those drives! This workout works really well when combined with my Plyometric Power Home Workout which you can get absolutely FREE here when you sign up for my newsletter which gives you exclusive free workouts, exercises and tips straight to your inbox!

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