Developing Putting Accuracy

By John Wagner

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In golf, getting the ball in the hole is the ultimate objective. But that objective is not easy considering the small size of the hole. If you don't have putting accuracy, you could find yourself spending all day on the greens. However, with a little practice, you can develop into a much more accurate putter.


Difficulty: Moderate
  1. Find a straight putt on the practice green. From where you're standing, lay two clubs down flat toward the hole for alignment. Align one club slightly right of the hole, and the other club slightly left of the hole. Make sure the clubs are parallel to each other.
  2. Put a ball in between the clubs and set up to it. If you aligned the two clubs properly you will be aimed right at the hole. Hit some putts to get used to the proper alignment.
  3. Now pay more attention to the path of the putter. Watch your putter swing in between the two clubs and stay in line with the clubs. Make a few more strokes to develop the proper stroke path.
  4. Notice the putter face as you practice this drill. Keep the putter face square as you hit more putts. The toe and heel of the putter should stay in line with each other throughout the stroke.
  5. Take the clubs away and make the same stroke. Practice half the time with the clubs lined up and half without. Keep hitting putts this way and you will develop a more accurate stroke.

Tips & Warnings

  • Practice at home. Line two clubs up parallel to each other on your carpet and practice your stroke. You don't need to be at the course to work on your putting.
  • Do not roll the putter face open or closed when hitting putts. This will only increase your range of error.

About the Author

John Wagner is a certified golf instructor and professional golfer with over eight years of experience. As a certified GolfTEC and Chuck Cook golf instructor, he has given over 3,000 golf lessons. John writes for and has over 40 articles published.