How to Choose Which Putting Drill to Practice With

putting-drill-cageThe overall key objectives in putting are accuracy, distance control, consistency and mental toughness. With that in mind various putting drills were design to help you improve in each of these areas of your putting game. Depending on the area where you may be the weakest in we have outlined below some of the more popular golf putting drills used be PGA tour players. This list may help you better allocate the time you do have available to practice to concentrate on the areas you may need the most help in.Before getting started it is important to review the basic putting fundamentals to avoid the problem of practicing any incorrect techniques. You may want to review the golf putting lessons you well find in our top menu. Also, be sure that you have a putting stroke that results in having your club face square at impact. If your alignment is off then no amount of practice will improve your game. In the words of Phil Mickelson…

“Face alignment is the most critical thing in putting…I can make the most beautiful stoke but with incorrect alignment the ball is gonna go the wrong way. All that matters is the alignment at impact….Phil Mickelson

putting-drill-2-ballAn excellent way to check your alignment is to set up two balls on the ground that are touching each other. Then hit the balls at the same time. If the inside ball goes farther than the outside ball then you are striking the ball with the putter heel first and consequently you are out of alignment. On the other hand if your outside ball goes farther then you are hitting the ball toe first. In either case you need to review your putting fundamentals and correct the problem.

Putting Drills Outline by Area of Concentration: Some of the drills will help you in more than one area and many are fairly simply but very effective. Also, further explanation and details on these drills can be found in our putting lessons on practice drills or go to the side menu bar which list each drill.

Distance Control Drills:

The Cage Drill – This is an excellent exercise for consistency, putting stroke and with your distance control. Involves using three clubs to form a 3 foot cage around the hole and then practice putts from varying distances to get in the cage or the hole.

All in the Row Drill – Involved lining 6-10 balls in a straight line roughly two feet apart and putting each one in starting from the closest ball to the hole. Main benefits are distance control and consistency

Stroke Length Drill –The main benefit of this golf putting drill is for improving your distance and getting your putts closer to the hole. You practice on the various lengths of your stroke in order to control distance.

Eyes Closed Drill – By putting with your eyes closed and visualizing the putt in your mind you will significantly improve your feel and distance control. This technique of closing your eyes can be incorporated with the Circle, All in a Row and Cage putting drills. Simple repeat this drills by closing your eye right before you strike the ball.

Stroke Length Drill –The main benefit of this golf putting drill is for improving your distance and getting your putts closer to the hole. You practice on the various lengths of your stroke in order to control distance.

Accuracy Drills:

The Gate Drill – This drill is favorite drill practiced by Tiger Woods. It simple involves setting up two tees the width of the putter head and then putting through the opening towards the hole. This drill can also be practice with 4 tees and two gate openings for practicing putts with breaks on slope lies. This drill significantly helps improve accuracy, consistency and improved confidence.

The Tunnel Drill – The set up for this drill is with 4 tees and string whereby the tees are spaced apart the width of the putter head and connected with string to form an imaginary tunnel or set of railroad tracks. Practicing this drill improves accuracy and correct swing path.

Ball Knocker Drill – Set a ball about 5-6 inches behind the ball that you are putting and the make your stroke. The object is to hit the ball behind you each time you take a stroke in ensure that your putting stoke stays on the correct path. This technique encourages you to strike the ball square.

Spot Putting Drill – This was a technique that was use by Dave Stockton and Jack Nicklaus, two of the putting legions of golf to help their game. It involve picking a spot a couple of inches in from of the ball that is directly on the target line of your putt. Next, focus your eyes on an imaginary line between the spot and the ball. The advantages are that it helps you keep your putter head down and improves accuracy.

One Handed Drill – This drill involves putting with only one hand and has the benefit of improving your eye to hand coordination and keeping your stoke along the correct path.

Two Ball Drill – Practicing this drill helps eliminate any flexing of wrist and encourages you to putt with your upper body as one unit. The benefits are improved accuracy and consistency.

Parallel Club Drill – The advantages of this golf putting drill is improved eye to hand coordination, controlling wrist from flexing and improved rhythm to your stroke.

 Consistency Drills:

putting-drill-all-in-rowAll in the Row drill – Involved lining 6-10 balls in a straight line roughly two feet apart and putting each one in starting from the closest ball to the hole. Main benefits are distance control and consistency.

The Cage Drill – This is an excellent exercise for consistency, putting stroke and with your distance control. Involves using three clubs to form a 3 foot cage around the hole and then practice putts from varying distances to get in the cage or the hole.

The Gate Drill – This drill is favorite drill practiced by Tiger Woods. It simple involves setting up two tees the width of the putter head and then putting through the opening towards the hole. This drill can also be practice with 4 tees and two gate openings for practicing putts with breaks on slope lies. This drill significantly helps improve accuracy and consistency.

Parallel Club Drill – The advantages of this golf putting drill is improved eye to hand coordination, controlling wrist from flexing and improved rhythm to your stroke.

Stroke Length Drill –The main benefit of this golf putting drill is for improving your distance and getting your putts closer to the hole. You practice on the various lengths of your stroke in order to control distance.

Mental & Confidence Drills:

Circle Drill – To perform this drill take 6-8 and place them in a circle three from the hole and then putting them in one at a time until you can consistently get the entire circle in without missing. This is an excellent drill for building confidence because sinking a lot of short putts will be result in positive thoughts subconsciously. This is also a great warm up drill. If you only have a few minutes to practice before a round this should be the one drill to concentrate on.golf putting-drill-circle

Eyes Closed Drill – By putting with your eyes closed and visualizing the putt in your mind you will significantly improve your feel and distance control. This technique of closing your eyes can be incorporated with the Circle, All in a Row and Cage putting drills. Simple repeat this drills by closing your eye right before you strike the ball.

The Gate Drill – This drill is favorite drill practiced by Tiger Woods. It simple involves setting up two tees the width of the putter head and then putting through the opening towards the hole. This drill can also be practice with 4 tees and two gate openings for practicing putts with breaks on slope lies. This drill significantly helps improve accuracy, consistency and improved confidence.

Warms Up Drills:

Circle Drill – To perform this drill take 6-8 and place them in a circle three from the hole and then putting them in one at a time until you can consistently get the entire circle in without missing. This is an excellent drill for building confidence because sinking a lot of short putts will be result in positive thoughts subconsciously. This is also a great warm up drill. If you only have a few minutes to practice before a round this should be the one drill to concentrate on.

All in the Row drill – Involved lining 6-10 balls in a straight line roughly two feet apart and putting each one in starting from the closest ball to the hole. Main benefits are distance control and consistency

Again, if you wish further step by step details on these golf putting drills go to our putting lessons section on practice drills or go to the side menu bar which list each drill separately.

 

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