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Let me preface this article by saying I strongly advise you against doing every single one of these putting drills every single time you go out to practice. Learn from your missed putts and try to identify why you are missing a putt.
I don’t think putting drills need to be over complicated and oftentimes the best drills are the simplest that don’t require a bunch of training aids. I have laid out the best putting drills and sorted them by common problems you might be experiencing.
Being able to control the face of the putter is so critical in making more putts. For more on Face Control, check out my article on Putter Face. If the face of your putter isn’t square at the point of contact, then you will never roll consistent putts. You will notice that the ball comes off the putter and goes immediately to the left or to the right. Try out the drills below to perfect your face control.
2. One putt, two golf balls
Incorrect path is another area that can lead to pushed or pulled putts. The drills below will help you develop the muscle memory for a correct putting path to get you on the road to hitting more consistent putts.
2. Steady Eyes, Steady Putts
3. Golf or Croquet?
In a previous article I discussed the importance of hitting the sweet spot as it can impact so many other parts of your short game. Many of the path drills above will help you hit the sweet spot as well but below is one of my favorite drills to ensure you are hitting the sweet spot every single time!
The putting stroke tempo can be tricky sometimes. The drills below will help you practice your putting stroke rhythm. For more on Putting Rhythm, check out my article on Putting Stroke.
2. Piano or Golf Practice?
Reading greens can be difficult, luckily there are ways you can practice reading the green before you hit the course.
Nothing feels quite as bad as hitting a green in regulation, setting yourself up for an easy 2 putt par, only to 3 putt for a bogey. The dreaded three putts are a common enemy of professional and amateur golfers alike. One thing that can help eliminate three putts on the course is distance control.
The drills below not only help you get a better feel for distances but also give you a better eye for how long putts really are; both of these skills will give you better distance control on the course.
2. Ball Relay