Use Putting Drills when Practicing Putting

What is most golfer’s idea of putting practice?

Here’s what I reckon, throw a few golf balls down and chase them around the entire green.

It’s also amazing to see how golfers would spend hours and hours on the range working on their swing, yet they simple go to the practice putting green for 5 minutes. It doesn’t seem quite right to me. Putting generally takes up a third to almost a half of all your score, so shouldn’t it at least deserve a little more attention?

I went to a popular driving range the other night, and to my surprise when I got there, all 50 bays of the driving range were occupied! So I had to wait until someone jumped off before I could start. So in the mean time, I looked over to the massive putting green to see what was going on there.

Guess what?

There were only 2 people putting on this humongous green!

Here’s why I think people avoid practicing their putting…

I believe one reason why golfers don’t like to keep practicing putting is because “putting gets boring!”

I know many of you guys can relate to this, there’s just not that much action going on when you practice putting!

It’s great to hit a crisp 6 iron or launch a drive down the range, that’s exciting stuff. But putting, in comparison, seems quite dull and slow!

The truth is, for a golfer to be a good putter, he or she must spend at least some time working on their putting. The way to do it is this…

Practice putting drills

There is absolutely no point in practicing putting unless you have an outcome in mind.

Just by being on the practice green knocking around a golf ball will not improve your putting, period. You must actively attempt to improve your putting to make your time worthwhile.

There are no better methods to improve your putting than these working on particular putting drills which are designed for a particular purpose. This particular purpose could be working on having touch on long putts, building confidence over short putts, working on set up and alignment etc.

When you can work on these different parts of putting, you will notice and become a lot more aware of your own improvements too!

Also I want to mention that there are two types of putting drills. There are no pressure drills and pressure drills.

No pressure drills basically allow you to work on particular parts of your putting and there is no pressure for you to sink the ball. From a motor learning perspective, this is a great way for ingraining a new habit into your routine and express your creativity. A couple of examples of no pressure drills are the coin drill or the roll drill.

Pressure drills are done when you put yourself in the environment of perceived pressure. Because we all know that sometimes we will face a short putt that means a lot! So these drills are designed to emulate that situation, conditioning your mind and body to handle the pressure when it matters! A couple of common drills are the ladder drill and the clock drill.

I have put some drills together for you, it’s definitely worth your time to check them out!