Putting Drills to Improve Your Scores
The 2 Ball Drill
Out of the hundreds of putting drills that are around today, this
two-ball putting drill will help you control speed and acquire feel for
that speed. It is also a great drill to help you adjust to the varying
green speeds. Many people have problems when the greens are fast at one
course then slow at another.
To start out with this drill you will need 2 balls that are the exact
same. For example, 2 ProV1's, 2 Bridgestone 330RX, 2 Top Flight Gamers,
etc. The point is make sure they are the same because if you have two
different balls, this drill will be ineffective.
- Take one ball and hit it out to open space on the green about 5-10 feet; the distance does not need to be exact
- Then take the second ball and attempt to make the
exact same copy of the previous stroke. If you get the second ball
within 6 inches of the first, the you know you did it right
- Once you get 2 balls within 6 inches of each other
on consecutive times from 5-10 feet then switch up and start putting to
15-20 feet a couple of times doing the
Developing feel with the 2 ball drill
- While you are hitting these putts out to certain
distances it is important to note that you should be paying attention to
the stroke you are using to deliver the ball that certain distance
- If you use a medium stroke that delivers the ball out
to 10 feet on a flat section of the practice green you know right then
that for any putts on the course that day from 10 feet that is flat you
would use your medium stroke
- The same would go for a 15 foot putt on the
practice green, once you get a feel for what your 15 foot stroke is you
then know for flat 15 foot putts on the course you would use your 15
Warming up to play or preparing for a tournament
- Start out hitting 2 balls out 5-10ft not at holes
- Once you feel comfortable start hitting putts to 15-20 feet
- After you have developed feel, constantly switch
up distance putts of 5-10-15-20 and even 25-30 feet going to a hole,
your main goal here is focusing on speed
- After you hit several putts from different
distance then its best to go out to 10 feet from a hole and work your
way around in a circle pattern so you can cover the different breaks
Tick Tock Drill
This drill is excellent for the timing of the stroke. The goal of
this drill is to help with reaching peak speed of the putter just before
impact and not afterwards.
If you reach peak speed after impact it becomes nearly impossible to
create feel and have good speed.
- Setup like you would to hit a regular putt out to 10 feet or so
- As you make the stroke, the time it takes from address to top of stroke should be the word "tick"
- On the way down from the top of back stroke to impact should be "tock"
Tick to Top of Stroke
Tock to Impact
To be sure you fully understand this concept, make sure you say "tick"
as you take the putter back, then say "tock" as you bring the putter
back down, before impact.
Starting Putts on Line
For this putting drill, courtesy of David Orr, you will need some string and 3 tees.
- Find a straight putt to a hole
- Take 2 tees and put them in the ground on the edges of the cup
- Put the other tee in the ground about 2-3 feet away to make a triangle
- Then take the string and wrap it around the tees
- After you have this setup, start hitting a few putts with the ball starting at the bottom tip of the triangle
- As you hit the putts, focus on launching the putts inside the triangle
Controlling the Wrists
One of the biggest problems I see these days with golfers is that they
are too wristy when they putt. When I see someone who is too wristy,
they will usually struggle with feel.
To fix this you should check out the rhythmiser by Harold Swash. It is
one of the best putting aids I have seen that helps with controlling the
timing of the stroke and fixing the golfer's wrists as a putting drill.
Using the Rhythmiser
- The goal with this training aid is to be able to go the entire stroke without the shaft bending
- With the shaft being very flexible it will be quick to show the fault of moving the putter too quickly from top of back stroke
- It will also show the fault by the bending the shaft from starting the putter too quickly from address
Getting Consistent with Impact
For this putting drill take 2 rubber bands and wrap them on the outside
of the impact zone. This zone is usually located very close to center of
putter face or just a little
inside toward the hosel.
Once you have the 2 rubberbands set on the edges of the impact zone,
try hitting a few putts and checking to see if you are consistently
hitting the impact spot between the rubberbands.
Another great way that David Orr has found to check impact spots on the putter face is by using chapstick.
Ways of Measuring Impact Spots
- According to SamPuttLab the ideal impact spot should be at top center of putter face
- If you have impact from the top to bottom on the face it could
mean you are shortening the putter through impact too quickly your left
- Another impact spot on bottom of face could be the shaft leaning back too much going through impact
- The other impact spot of top to bottom can be due to the shaft leaning forward
By checking your impact spot regularly you will get a good
grasp on what your tendencies are and will become a better putter
because of it.
Hopefully using some of these featured putting drills you will be on your way to draining putts.
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