Distance and direction are the two variables for putting success. Direction is important for shorter putts. Distance control is vitally important for longer putts. Inconsistent distance control leads to the majority of 3-putts for golfers off all skill levels.
Are you having trouble with distance control on the putting surface? If so, use the following helpful drill to improve your distance control and putting touch. Take your normal set up and putt a golf ball from various distances to a target or hole. Start off the drill from the shorter distances: 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, 4 feet, 5 feet, and 6 feet.
Now, do the same from 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 feet. Note: we are incrementally increasing distances.
Once you have ‘mastered’ two foot increments from 2 to 12 feet, increase the spacing and overall length of the putts. Now, putt a ball from 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 feet.
Complete the drill by putting six 20-foot putts with your eyes open and another another six 20-foot putts with your eyes closed.
Teaching since 1995, Scott has taught 1,000+ golf lessons (private, semi-private, group). Scott has served as the PGA Head Professional at MetroWest Golf Club and the PGA Director of Golf at Hunter’s Creek Golf Club prior to his role as President of Golf Orlando Florida.
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