Having Trouble Putting? Improve Your Skills With These 3 Drills!Monday, March 5th, 2018
Missing your putts on the green is practically a guarantee that you will overshoot par for the round. It will not help you to have a terrific drive and follow it up with an ideal approach shot, only to putt a bogey at the end. Your round’s score will suffer greatly if you’re converting bogeys instead of birdies and pars throughout the day. It’s smart to practice your putting away from the course as much as possible.
One of the biggest problems with most practice routines is how they focus more on hitting with the driver and woods than improving putting. Although putting consistently throughout an 18-hole game can be difficult, practice can make it easier. Here are three drills you can use to improve your golf game.
The around the world drill
Some instructors call this putting drill “The Clock Drill,” as it requires consistency and focus when hitting a golf ball. You begin the drill by placing four golf balls around the hole on the putting green. The distance between each ball and the cup should be equal, and the goal is to sink each ball in succession. Then, the process is repeated after moving back by a foot. If you miss one putt, then you restart the drill from the beginning.
This drill is supposed to simulate the pressure associated with making a critical putt on the green. The repetition of the drill can help to improve your ability to sink short putts with more consistency. Making four putts in a row from different angles will help you become more comfortable and confident with each shot. The distance chosen to begin the drill should be from where you have trouble making putts consistently. Inexperienced golfers should begin the drill closer to the pin before moving their distance further out.
The coin drill
This is the perfect putting drill that can be practiced indoors or outdoors. All you need is a flat surface where a golf ball can roll straight. Like other putting drills, this task is designed to help convert short distance putts consistently. Practicing like this is all about improving your accuracy on the green.
The setup of the coin drill is simple. You will need a coin or ball marker, a golf ball, and a putter. Place the coin or ball marker approximately one foot away from the golf ball, then attempt to hit the ball directly over the coin. The target is small, so to be successful, you will have to have a high degree of accuracy.
Your goal should be to hit the ball more squarely with the face of your putter. If you miss the target slightly, the ball will roll over the edge or miss the coin entirely. The more consistent you become with hitting the golf ball over the coin, the more you will have favorable results when putting on the green. Once again, repetition will be the key to improving your putting skills. Keep practicing this drill until it becomes too easy.
Long putt point drill
The majority of putts taken in a game of golf usually come from 10 feet and in from the flag. However, no golfer should ever shy away from taking long distance putts. This drill will hopefully help you to become more consistent on cutting a long distance putt into two easy putts for par. If you’re able to become more consistent from 20 feet and out, then your round’s scores should fall below par in no time.
The long putt point drill involves a simple point system that allows you to track your own progression each day. For each putt converted, you’ll give yourself three points. If you place a putt attempt within three feet of the hole, give yourself one point instead. If this point system isn’t challenging enough, you can create your own that rewards putts made from 20 feet and beyond.
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