Roll the Ball, Don’t Hit it
The best way to gain control over your distance when putting is to think of gently rolling the ball as opposed to hitting it. It’s very easy to hit a ball too hard and overshoot the hole on the putting green, and just thinking about the way you hit differently makes a big impact on how you hit.
Clock Face Drill
This drill is very helpful for learning how to read the green and putt accordingly. On a hole with a slope to it, place four balls at the 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 and 12:00 o’ clock positions around the hole. Putt each ball, paying attention to the differences in how the hole plays from different areas on the slope.
Keep Your Upper Body Still
This sounds like an easy one, but it really isn’t. Because we tend to want to watch where our ball goes, we usually instinctually turn our bodies while mid-putt in order to see where our ball is heading, and this can change the trajectory. A good way to avoid this is to keep your gaze on the spot where your ball was after you’ve hit it and don’t turn to look until completely finished your stroke. Placing a marker under your ball before you putt can help with this.
During putting practice, make notes of what the problem is when you don’t hit the hole. Is your ball going too far? Veering to the right? To the left? Keep a notebook and pencil with you (or use an app) and make notes as you practice. You’ll probably see a pattern and be able to work on your specific weaknesses more accurately.
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