5 Drills To Make Putting Simple
Putting should be a simple game, a calm simple action with a short back and forth motion. It sounds so simple and it should be, but it’s not. Wouldn’t it be good if putting was in fact as simple as it sounds? Well, if you put these drills and instructions into action your putting game will improve and your scores will go down and you’ll be eager to get to the end of the hole so you can work with the flat stick.
I’m sure you’ve noticed the stroke on a pro. It’s so smooth and in sync. This type of stroke eliminates any jerk motions that will lead to bad impact and a whole heap of bad outcomes on your shot.
A good way to learn to be in sync in your stroke is to use what’s known as a metronome. A metronome is any device that produces a sound in a rhythm. A clocks tick is a metronome, so use that. Simply place the clock next to were your taking your shot and practice by swinging to the rhythm of the “tick” “tock” sound. On the “tick” your putter should be at the top of its backswing, and on the “tock”, it should have arrived at the end of your follow through.
Now, once you’re used to the rhythm of your putt, simply apply it your shot. Remember the tick tock as you stroke and your putt shall improve, trust me!
2. One handed practice stroke
Some players like to feel confident in their leading hand on a putt, and Tiger Woods often practices with just his right hand to promote familiarity and feel with his lead putting hand. Whatever hand is your lead hand in a stroke, practicing with it will increase your confidence in your putting as it will produce a pure putting stroke.
When doing this with one hand it’s going to feel a little strange to begin with, but s you continue to practice you’ll come to realise its very natural. Practice at lengths, and don’t be scared of putting a little wrist action into it, as it will produce a pure stroke and a true roll of the golf ball. Make sure that you stay tension free and loose as this will produce the best results.
3. Sweet Spot
One common characteristic with tour pro’s is they all produce consistent ball striking, which is a product of the centre of the club face hitting the ball. Hitting the ball in the centre of the clubface produces a good roll and a consistent speed. Putts that are hit on the toe or the heel of the putter face will veer offline. So to combat this and to train yourself to hit the ball in the centre every time there is a technique that helps a lot. You should wrap two rubber bands around your blade so that they straddle your putter’s sweet spot. When you feel confident that you can consistently hit the centre of the putter face every time, you can take them off and try to continue it. If you start to feel a change in the contact quality, then it’s time to replace the rubber bands and continue the technique until you become confident again.
4. The putt popper
A very common site I see when looking at a beginners putting is they tend to have a rather long backswing, but they produce a short putt. A good way to get around this and improve your length consistency is to add some acceleration to your putt. Follow these instructions to add some much added acceleration on your putts:
– Place 2 tees in the ground, with a width between them equivalent to a golf ball.
– Place the ball more on the whole side of the tees
– Tap your putter into the tees so the putter stops but the ball rolls.
– Watch in amazement at the solid contact you get from so little effort.
5. Reading the speed of greens
If you try different golf courses regularly you will know that the green speeds change all the time, even if you use the same courses, the speeds can still change with weather conditions etc. It can be really frustrating when you’re not used to the speed of the greens as you know. There’s something very simple that can be done before your stroke that will combat this problem. What you have to do is exaggerate your practice stroke.
So if you’re on playing on slow greens you should take a significant step back than your actual shot, and take a practice stroke from there. This will force you to get used to hitting the ball harder than usual for a much longer, powerful stroke. If you’re on a green that is a little faster than normal then you should take a step forward, closer to the hole than your shot. Then you simply go back to your ball for the shot and repeat the same stroke action.