OBJECTIVE: Golf putting drills are to not only practice the proper putting fundamentals but to develop your sense of feel and touch. Your ultimate goal is to master distance, accuracy, consistency and tempo. Like any sport in order to improve it takes practice.
Putting is the most vital aspect within the game of golf and no professional has ever won a major tournament putting poorly. There is nothing more frustrating than playing a decent round of golf only to end the day with a lousy score because of the number of missed putts.
Make the most of your time on the practice green or at home and develop a routine with a purpose. Each golf putting drill you practice will be designed to help you with various aspects of your game. Although it is been said many times that putting accounts for most of the strokes in a game, average golfers will usually spend far less time practicing on their putting.
Once you begin a putting practice routine you will soon develop confidence in your putting stroke which is absolutely critical. Learning to trust your putting stroke comes with hours of practice and patients. Being able to visualize a successful putt and eliminating negative thoughts will have you mastering what some consider a game within a game.
TYPES OF DRILLS: Each of the golf putting drills explained here will focus on different aspects of improving your putting.
Cage, Tunnel and Gate Drill: These three golf putting drills are designed to help you control your distance and improve your accuracy.
Circle and Row Drill: The primary benefits here are to help establish your rhythm and consistency and help you quickly gain confidence.
Stroke Length Drill: This golf putting drill is for controlling your distance. The amount of speed applied to the ball and therefore distance is determined by varying the length of your stroke.
Wrist Control Drill: The main benefit of this golf putting drill is to help you keep your wrists from turning during your putting stoke. If the wrists flex during your stoke it is very difficult to hit the ball square.
The Two Ball Drill: The purpose of this drill is to determine it your striking the ball with a square putter head.
Eyes Closed Drill: Also for practicing distance but in addition this golf putting drill will help you develop the ability to visualize a putt in your mind and significantly improve your self confidence.
FUNDAMENTALS: Before starting your golf putting drills it is good to double check your putting fundamentals to be sure they are sound. Although there is a lot to learn in order to master the putter, there are certain basics that each golfer should follow. Below are the fifteen most important putting basics that I believe every golfer should incorporate into their game. If you would like more detail on putting fundamentals visit Golf-How-To-Putt where you will find in depth lessons on all aspects of putting.
Golf Putting Fundamentals(1) Putt more with your shoulders and arms and not your wrist. Form a "V" shape with your shoulders and arms. Power for your putt should come from your shoulders. Point your elbows out away from the club shaft and do not keep your arms straight. This will force you to putt with your shoulders and arms and not your wrists.
(2) Always aim to roll the ball past the hole. Never up, never in is a common saying but is very true.
(3)Take practice strokes to decide on how long a stroke you are going to take for distance. Then commit to this and do not question yourself when you take your real putt. Second guessing yourself during your putt is a sure fire means of dubbing your putt.