These putting drills will give you confidence with your putter and turn you into the golfer you want to be.
Putting is one of the most important parts of golf and often overlooked by weekend golfers, but respected by low handicappers.
1. The Clock Putting Drill
There’s nothing more frustrating than having a 3-foot par putt and walking away with bogey. If you want to shoot lower scores you have to be able to make the short ones, this putting drill will help. The more you practice and learn how to putt consistently, the more you’ll see the ball fall into the hole. This will not only work on your rhythm and confidence, but also give you practice putting in pressure situations.
How to do the Clock Putting Drill
Take 12 balls to the putting green and place them around the cup in a clock shape at 2-3 foot intervals. Start with the 4 closest to the hole and work your way outward. Every time you miss, restart the drill.
2. The 1-2-3 Putting Drill
This is a great drill to find rhythm before heading out on the course, or when you’re finishing up your practice for the day. It is also possibly the most important aspect of being a great putter. The 1-2-3 putting drill will help you develop a steady, consistent, putting stroke.Giving you confidence to make more birdies and shooting lower scores.
How to do the 1-2-3 Putting Drill
Place three balls in a row along the same line at equal distances. I suggest 3, 6, and 9 feet to start. Roll putts starting from the ball closest to the hole and moving outward.
3. The Meter Stick Drill
A great drill to make sure you are getting the putter-face square at impact and putting a good roll on the ball.
How to do the Meter Stick Putting Drill
Get a metal meter stick and place it six feet away from the hole (or any target) on the line where the ball should start off the putter face. Set the ball on the end and hit your putt. If the ball stays on the meter stick the whole way, it means your putter face was square at impact and you put a good roll on the ball. This is also a great putting drill that you can do at home.
4. Tiger Woods Gate Putting Drill
The key for this drill is to make sure that your putter head is going straight back and straight through to the hole. Seeing the short putts drop over-and-over will build your confidence and not let you give away any strokes on the course.
How to do Tiger’s Gate Putting Drill
3-4 feet away from the hole place two tees just wider than the head of your putter, creating a gate for your putter to swing through.
Alternate hitting 12 putts with your right hand only (right handed golfers), then 6 putts with both hands. Set a number of putts that you need to make in a row before ending the drill.