Author Adrian Winter provides creative putting drills in 'The Little Book of Indoor Golf Games'
I panic this time of year. I love fall – with football and the changing leaves – but I hate what it symbolizes: The end of golf season.
Just in time, a mini savior arrived in the mail, “The Little Book of Indoor Golf Games” by Adrian Winter.
My son and I have already been diving into its pages, looking to see what might offer an escape from the long cold winter ahead. The book touts “18 Surefire Ways to Improve Your Game at Home or in the Office.” I wish the author would offer a money back guarantee (the book costs $10.99) because he’s never seen me putt.
Most of the games require just a putter, a handful of tees, a ball and sometimes, a line of string. The names of the games – like Slalom golf, Minefield, Space Invader and Knockout – are just as creative as the theory behind each one. In the game Moneygolf, your simple objective is to stop a ball on a dollar bill. Now that takes touch. Another game, Clock Golf, requires you to knock down tees set up at every hour from 1 p.m. to midnight three feet from the ball in the center of it all. Better putters can push the clock tees to five feet to see if they can knock down all 12 in a row without a miss.
The games – they’re really putting drills – are designed to enhance the two key elements of putting: direction and speed. Some challenges require hitting through targets that are 4.25 inches, the size of a golf hole. The games are suitable for all ages and can be played individually or as a competition. I have no doubt that my 8-year-old will beat me at some of them. He’s already a better putter than I am.
I’ve got a perfect spot in the basement picked out for our battles. I’ve even got several putting mats that will make a nice playing field.
All I need now is the snow to fly. Not that I’m in a hurry. The book was published by Sourcebooks Oct. 5.
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