Short Putting Drills
The pace you hit your 3-footers is just as important as when you are lagging from 40ft. You need a roll that is strong enough to stay on line over any lumps and bumps on the green but you don’t want to hit the ball too hard and lip out. Finding the right balance is tricky.
A good drill which is perfect for honing your short range pace putting, is to place a tee peg in the back of the hole. Hit a series of putts from 3ft with just enough pace so the ball hits the tee peg on its way in. Working on this part of your game will help make you far more solid over nervous short putts.
Groove Your Arc
From close range, your putting stroke will be fairly straight back and through (for longer putts there should be a natural in-to-square-to-in arc to your stroke). A great drill designed to help you groove a better path through impact is to create a gateway using 6/8 tee pegs. The putter should be able to pass freely through this area without touching or knocking any tee’s flying. At the start of your short putting practice routine, really focus five minutes of your time to checking and grooving this essential element.
The challenge of short putting is mostly in your head. However, that’s not to say you can’t prepare for it. Use 2 tee pegs to create a gate either side of the entrance to the hole, slightly wider than the hole itself. See how many consecutive putts you can hit cleanly through the gate? Even though you are not on the golf course and in any competition, the more you make, the more the pressure will grow even on the putting green. This is because we have a want and a need to get that ball into the hole. This drill also forces you to be more focused and precise in practice that will also help you when you get to the course.
Use Your Bigger CORE Muscles
The best putters from close range rely on their bigger core muscles to create the momentum as opposed to their smaller, fast twitch muscles (wrists). This means they can create a solid connection between their body and arms through the stroke. To develop this same technique, place a glove/towel under each arm at address. Feel that your arms are holding the gloves/towel securely in place and hit a series of putts making sure that your body is rotating to move the putter and NOT your wrists. This will make you far more reliable from close range.
Hold Your Stability
When Tiger Woods was in his prime, there was one thing about his putting style that stood out from the rest. This was how still he remained through the putt. Developing a stable body in the putting stroke is essential for having a consistent stroke. To help with this, place your ball on a ball marker or small coin at address. Hit a number of putts, focusing your eyes on the marker once the ball has gone. This makes you keep your head still during the stroke and will improve your stability.
If you are still having problems with your putting whether its short putts, your putting stroke or just want it looking at then you can always book a golf lesson with myself and I can look at things in a little more detail and really make sure that we get you holing more putts.
If you want to book a lesson with me, call me on 01983 613131 to book.
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Have a good week’s golfing - Daniel West