Sunday, May 27, 2012

Three putting drills that will improve your game immediately

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For many recreational and amateur golfers these days, putting always seems to be the main weakness. Putting is actually the most important part of the entire golf game, and yet somehow usually gets the least amount of practice by many golfers. It doesn’t matter if you can hit the ball straight every time when you three putt on practically every green. With that said, though, there are certain ways that one can practice putting to improve in little to no time at all. Instead of simply going to the practice green and putting balls at each hole for a while, consider these three drills to improve in little to no time at all.

Circle Drill
This is one of the most popular putting drills out there today, and is done by many golf professionals before they go out of the golf course. For the circle drill, you basically put five balls in a circle around a golf hole, usually about three feet away from it. Missed short putts are the ones that usually cost golfers the most amount of strokes out on the golf course, and this is a great way to practice improving in that area. The more confidence you gain in knocking them in on the practice green, the better your confidence will be when out on the golf course, and that is what this drill will help to instill.

Head Down Drill
One of the main problems that amateur and recreational golfers seem to have when putting is that they tend to look up and see where the ball is going when they putt before the putter head even hits the ball, and this leads to an inconsistent stroke that can frustrate many out on the golf course. To fix this problem, try what I like to call the head down drill. Drop two golf balls from three feet, six feet, and nine feet from the hole and don’t lift you head up until you say “ one Mississippi, two Mississippi” after putting the ball. This will encourage a smoother putting stroke that will easily lead to more putts made when playing.

Lag Drill
Finally, another area that golfers need to improve in is lag putting. What this means is that when you have a long putt of about 30 feet, you want to be able to hit the putt so that it finishes within a reasonable distance from the hole, which is known as “lagging” the putt. You aren’t necessarily trying to make the putt but rather get it close enough to the hole for an easy two putt. An easy way to practice this is to go on the putting green and lay five or six balls down from distances such as 20, 30, and 40 feet away and try to get each ball within three feet of the hole. The key here is to not try to make the putt but just get it close, and the more you practice this the better you will get at it.