A Great Drill to Help Your Putting Ills

    To help you get back on the right putting track, we want to offer up a helpful drill. Putting drills are a great way to eliminate problems in your stroke, as they allow you to get out and do some actual practice, rather than just reading tips on the internet. It is helpful to read instructional articles like this one, of course, but at some point, you’ve got to get out and work on things for yourself.

    If you are willing to invest a bit of practice time into the following drill, we believe you will be happy with the results. Please follow the step-by-step instructions listed below.

  • To get started, you will need to be at your local golf course with access to the practice green. You will also need your putter, and a few golf balls. Pick out a hole somewhere on the green where you can work on your stroke without being bothered by other players. Try to find a relatively flat spot on the green so you can pay attention specifically to your technique without worrying about the slope of the ground.
  • Set the first golf ball down on the green, approximately five feet from the cup. You don’t need to measure the distance, but it should be in the proximity of five feet for this drill to work properly. Since you have (hopefully) found a flat putt, you shouldn’t need to spend any time reading the green before sending the ball on its way.
  • As you take your stance, you are going to set the putter head down immediately behind the ball. In fact, the face of the putter should be resting against the ball at address. Obviously, this is not how you set up for a putt when playing a round of golf. Normally, the putter would be slightly behind the ball, to make sure the putter and the ball aren’t touching. That is not the plan here, however. In order for this drill to work properly, the face of the putter needs to be touching the back of the ball at address.
  • With your stance set, it will be time to send the ball on its way. This is where the drill is going to be dramatically different than a usual putt. Instead of using a backstroke and a forward stroke to hit the putt, you are simply going to move the putter forward immediately from address. That’s right – no backstroke at all. Gradually move the putter forward and allow the ball to roll along the ground while being pushed by the face of the club. Keep the putter moving toward the hole until the ball is ‘released’ and continues on, hopefully into the cup.
  • At first, this is going to be awkward, and you’ll probably struggle to hit your target. If you stick with it, however, you should start to see better and better results as the drill moves along. Pretty soon, you will be able to simply push the ball down your target line over and over again with impressive consistency.
  • Feel free to ‘hit’ as many putts as you would like when using this drill. Before calling it quits for the day on the practice green, go back to your normal stroke and hit a few traditional putts.
  • There are a couple of things which can be learned from this drill. First, you should feel the importance of accelerating the putter toward the hole. You obviously can’t decelerate through impact when using this drill, because you are starting from a static position. It’s impossible to decelerate when the putter isn’t moving in the first place. The only choice is to accelerate down the line, so that’s exactly what you’ll need to do.

    The other lesson to be learned here is the importance of keeping the putter face pointing at the hole throughout the putt. If you let the face of the putter drift off in either direction, the ball is going to be pushed off line and you’ll wind up with a miss. Keep the back of your left hand moving down the line toward the target, and the putter face should follow along nicely.

    You might be surprised to find how effective this drill can be in terms of fixing your deceleration pattern. Even after just a few repetitions with this drill, you should start to feel more confident in your ability to accelerate through the ball and down the line toward the hole. Make this drill a regular part of your practice routine and better results should be just around the corner.