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Today, I have some putting practice drills that will definitely help you to improve your golf game and in particular your putting game.
Fewer putts mean lower scores and that is important while also impressing your golfing friends….so let’s get on with it without delay.
As We All Know, For Any Golfer – Putting Is Vital
As we are all aware, Jordan Spieth is a great putter, right? He has been ranked the No. 1 putter on the PGA Tour and held that position for some time.
In the world rankings, however, he has slipped somewhat and his poor putting (poor by his standards) has had a lot to do with that slippage.
For a moment, just think about it this way, if Jordan was a below average putter, do you think he would be as famous as he is and would you or I even know his name? I guess, probably not.
In the professional game, that is what makes the difference – one guy holes everything he looks at and becomes a superstar. Then another guy can hit the ball just as well but can’t putt to save his life – not funny, I know!
I have no doubt, there’s plenty of guys out there who can hit the ball better than Jordan Spieth but you’ve never heard of them because they can’t putt anywhere near as well as he can.
What About us Amateur Golfers?
Like me, I’m sure you can equate that to your own game as well one day you hole almost everything and the game is easy and fun.
The next day you miss everything and golf is like laboring at a really bad job and you just get so frustrated.
So what if you could putt great consistently, like the top pros do?
Well, one great thing about putting is that ANYONE can become a great, consistent putter… if you know how.
Also, another great thing about putting improvement is that, you can do almost everything needed to become a great putter, in the comfort of your own home and see improvement results very quickly.
Dave Pelz’s Putting Bible
Practically EVERYTHING in Comprehensive Keys To The Green can also be done indoors at home.
So, it’s now time for you to finally become a great putter… and to do it quickly…….these are just some of the benefits you’ll gain.
- Have unshakeable confidence over those short “knee knockers” inside 6 feet.
- Transform into an expert green reader who is able to gauge line and speed with precision every time.
- You’ll be able to lag long putts consistently close to the hole leaving easy tap-ins.
- Have full control of your putting stroke… which means making more putts will be “automatic.”
- Have your playing partners wondering “who the heck is this guy”?
- Stop wasting several shots per round with stupid 3 putts.
- Make more pars and birdies by one-putting more greens.
- Build a consistent, rock-solid putting stroke that performs well under pressure.
- Have confidence over your short putts so you hole them with ease.
So if you’re serious about becoming a great putter quickly, you need to check this out now…..Get it HERE.
So, What About Those Free Putting Tips I Mentioned Earlier?
Alright, so to help you improve your putting today, here is a few tips that will definitely get you on the road to being a better putter.
No. 1 – How to Have A Square Putter Face at Setup
Almost every putt over about 3 feet has some break to it. However, you need to treat each putt as being straight, because:
- It is only at the start that you can control the direction of your putt .
- It is only at the start, that you can control the weight/power with which you hit your putt.
Having your putter face square to your target (starting line) has a big influence on the success of your short putts and here’s the best way of ensuring that your putter face is square at address.
Before each putt:
- Look directly down the line from your ball to the hole.
- Then determine the break.
- Now find a spot that your ball has to roll over that is about a foot in front of your ball.
- Then move up to your ball, always looking at this intermediate target, and place your putter down so that it’s pointing directly at your intermediate target.
Now when you first do this your putter might look open or closed depending on what you’re used to doing. So it will take time for the proper alignment of your putter to become natural, but it’s important you stick with this method and make it a habit.
How many times have you seen golfers setting up their putter lazily and then, when they miss a short putt, they blame their stroke. The fact is, their stroke had nothing to do with it when their putter face was not aligned properly. The ball simply went where the putter was facing…
Putter face alignment is extremely important and you must take it very seriously.
There are lots of aids to help you practice setting up with your putter face square to where you want it to start. For me, the best thing to do is simply find a straight line on some flooring in your home and then practice setting up to putt so your putter is square to the line on the floor.
When you do this, make sure you do so with a ball and a target about 3 – 5 feet away. You don’t need to actually hit the putt, you just need to practice setting up properly. Again, when you do this you might find it looks very strange to you at first, and this will certainly be the case if you’ve been aligning the putter face either very open or closed most of the time.
Believe me, the more you practice this, the faster setting your putter up square will become a habit and you’ll get more and more of those putts. So go to it and reap the rewards!
Naturally, this will slash shots from your scores and help you to enjoy playing golf even more.
No. 2 – Get the Distance & Range
(A) This free tip will help you work on improving your lag putting skills so you avoid 3 putting from 20 feet.
For this drill measure 20 feet from a hole and mark that spot with a tee. Then I want you to measure 20 feet from the hole on the exact opposite side of what you just measured and mark that with a tee.
Once you’ve done this then place 5 balls next to the first tee you marked.
Now I want you to putt all 5 balls and try to hole the putt. But also, try to stroke each putt with the appropriate speed so that if it misses the hole then it will be within a putter length behind the hole. If your ball misses the hole and goes outside this area then you have to start your 5 putts again.
The goal is to get all 5 putts into a one putter length zone past the hole, i.e. 33-35 inch zone. For this drill in the hole counts as in the area.
So once you’ve putted 5 consecutive putts from the first 20 foot tee, into the one putter length area then repeat this from the other side. After successfully completing 5 successful putts from the second tee then go back to the first tee and complete again and then once successful go back to the second tee.
So if you completed this successfully the first time you would have stroked 20 putts. 10 from each side. But I think you’ll find that you won’t complete this with just 20 putts. Just keep doing it until you complete the task because by doing this you’ll develop a great feel for a length of putt that is a common distance you’ll face on the golf course.
(B) This free tip will help you work on improving your lag putting skills so you avoid 3 putting from 60 feet.
So, to do this, I want you to find a hole on your practice putting green that will allow you to roll putts from up to 60 feet away.
Once you have a hole that will allow that, then I want you to measure one putter lenght away (i.e. 33-35 inches) from the hole and place a tee in the ground. And do this around the hole in 4 places, i.e. 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock, 9 o’clock.
OK, once this is setup then I want you to walk off a distance of 40 feet and place a tee there. Then walk back another 10 feet from that tee and place a tee there – so that’s one tee at 40 feet and one at 50 feet. Now, walk back another 10 feet from the second tee and place a tee in the green.
All right, you’re all set because you should have 4 tees around the hole and 3 tees in the green. One at 40 feet, one at 50 feet and one at 60 feet.
So now grab 5 golf balls and, from the tee at the 40 foot mark, putt each of the 5 golf balls trying to get each of them to stop within your tee circle around the hole. DO NOT DO ANYTHING ELSE until you get 5 putts consecutively within that circle.
Once you’ve done that, then move back to the 50 foot mark and repeat the exercise. Again, don’t move back until you are able to get all 5 balls within the tee circle. Then, after you’ve completed that exercise from 50 feet, move back to the 60 foot tee and repeat the same exercise.
With practice you’ll be able to complete this cycle quickly and, when you can do that, make it harder by finding a putt on different slopes and directions etc……..
Also try this, make your putts with your eyes closed and after each putt guess whether your ball is going to finish in the circle or not. Just say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to yourself and then open your eyes to see whether you were right or not.
If you do this drill consistently your distance control on long putts will be much better and you’ll have way less 3 putts and more holed putts. Plus, you’ll also have less pressure on the short putts because they’ll be closer to the hole.
No. 3 – Lift the Putter Head
When you’re setting up to putt you will have your putter on the ground and that’s fine. But at some point your putter needs to leave the ground so you can make a putting stroke. This is where, I believe, you can have a great “trigger” to start your putting stroke. It’s a simple trigger that many great putters have.
The putting stroke trigger is this…
When you’re ready to start your putting stroke, you LIFT the putter head up off the ground so that the ground is not supporting the putter head in any way. Once you’ve done that, then you start your putting stroke. So the trigger is to lift the putter head up off the ground prior to starting the putting stroke.
How is that going to help you? Well, there’s a number of great things that it does.
- It allows you to get your putting stroke off to a smoother start because the putter is not resting on the ground.
- It’s a simple trigger you can do for every putt to signify the start of your putting stroke, and that will mean better strokes, more putts holed AND better distance control.
- By having the putter in your grip when you putt, without the support of the ground, it means that your focus will be much less on the outcome and more on the process.
So, I strongly recommend you follow these putting practice drills and, the next time you go out for a game of golf, try them. It may take a little while to get used to it however, since it’s something you’ve probably never tried before.
But sure that’s great, because it’s only by doing things you’ve never done before that you will get different results……….right!
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