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MATT KILGARIFF 54 SPRING 2018 | NCGA.ORG I N S T R U C T I O N CHAMP A s Director of Player Development at The Olympic Club, I've established an approach to teaching putting that recognizes it is the most individual- ized part of the game. From equipment selection to grip, stroke and speed, golfers have countless options. What our team of instructors, including Willie, preach is that the most important thing to keep in mind when putting is to draw on a well-established routine and have the upmost confidence in it regardless of the equipment, grip and stroke you use. If you want to enjoy your next round of golf more — and who doesn't? — make more putts. It's that simple. Putting is the great equalizer in golf. But as the saying goes, a goal without a plan is just a wish so here are a handful of drills you can do to become a better putter. BY MATT KILGARIFF WITH WILLIE TONEY AS TOLD TO ADAM SCHUPAK PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROBERT KAUFMAN Matt Kilgariff brings over 17 years of golf instruction experience to one of the most elite golf clubs in the country. As the Director of Player Development at The Olympic Club since 2014, he has conducted over 1,500 hours of lessons per year and oversees an elite junior program with more than 200 golfers. The Millbrae native was named 2011 PGA Southern Nevada Chapter Teacher of the Year. Willie Toney grew up playing golf at Bing Maloney in Sacramento and is an Assistant Head Professional at The Olympic Club. WILLIE TONEY Putt Like a

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