Can’t seem to get your putts to go the right distance? Practice this drill.
Without looking at the final distance the ball rolls, putt three balls. The goal is to have a consistent stroke with each putt. After the third putt look to see if the balls traveled the same distance. If you had a consistent stroke, all three balls will be at the same distance. Do this drill five times in a row and see if your end result improves as you work through the attempts.
Warm up Putting Drills
Carve out 10 minutes before your round and practice these putting drills
1. Start 12 inches from the hole and place a ball every foot back. Putt until you miss one, then start over. You will find your confidence will increase with each short putt made.
2. Putt from 15-20 feet (you will be on the green) to the fringe. The goal is to get the ball to finish as close to the fringe as possible. This is a great warm-up drill to practice longer putts and mentally it’s a great drill as you’re working on distance control/feel instead of putting for a hole and missing.
3. With any warm-up drill it is best to treat each putt like a real one. Meaning, go through your pre-shot routine with each putt – take the time to aim, take a few practice strokes, etc.
Sarah Bidney, PGA Teaching Professional, has been helping golfers improve their games since 2002. Having taught in Naples, Florida, and Park City, Utah, she returned to Iowa in 2008 to grow the game of golf in her home state. Currently Sarah is the only woman to be named the Iowa PGA Teaching Professional of the Year (2010 & 2012) and is a 2-time Golf Range Association of America Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional. Sarah loves to help clients of all ability levels improve their game and their enjoyment of golf. She resides in Urbandale, Iowa, with her spouse and two children. Sarah writes a bi-monthly golf pro tip blog series, published every other Friday, in the hopes of helping golfers across the country improve their life-long love of the game.
Sarah Bidney, PGA
2010 & 2012 Iowa PGA Teaching Professional of the Year
2012 & 2013 GRAA Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professional
2012 U.S. Kids Top 50 Kids Teachers – Honorable Mention
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