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How to finish the season on a positive footing; JONATHAN LUPTON Head teaching professional at Close House Golf Academy jonathan.lupton@closehouse.co.uk 01661 852953.

Byline: JONATHAN LUPTON

THIS is the time of year for some self reflection - and for taking action rather than contemplating your navel.

You may have set goals for the season, so why not take stock and establish if you are on course to achieve them? If you are not playing as you planned often the remedy can be simple.

Two weeks ago I was speaking to a plus handicap amateur I coach, who was complaining about his putting and considering changing his putter.

But when I asked how much he had been practising putting he said not very much, instead he had focused on his long game. We put in place a plan where he would set aside one hour early each morning to practice his putting.

We allowed two weeks for him to improve his confidence and form on the greens, yet within a week he had finished fourth in a national event! He holed more putts and the increased confidence spread to other parts of his game..

To make the most of the rest of the season and finish on a positive note, try a simple analysis followed by a pro-active approach. The world's top players will analyse performance regularly.

If putting is your problem, even if you can't spare an hour a day, this is what did the trick for that plus handicap man ... It's called The Ten In Ten Drill and the objective is to get you sinking as many putts as you can from somewhere around ten feet, which is birdie territory.

Go round a hole on a practice green mixing up the distances of your putts from anywhere between eight and 12 feet and score each putt as follows: 2 points: in the hole 0 points: missed passed the hole -1 point: missed short -3 points: a three putt. The object is to get to ten points in as few putts as you can. Under 10 putts is excellent, 10-15 good and 15-20 average.

Don't use the same hole on your practice green every time - you need to get used to different gradients. Keep mixing everything up.

This is a great drill for practising those game-changing putts which can change the momentum of a round.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 21, 2014
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