Putting Speed Drills

By John Wagner

Controlling your speed on the putting green can help you shoot lower scores. The speed you hit the putt affects not only how much the putt will break, but also how long your putt will be if you miss the hole. When practicing putting, speed control needs to be your main focus.

Put to a Square

Create a small square on the putting green with four tees. Hit three putts from 10 feet away and try to stop all three balls in the square. Continue at that distance until you get all three in the square. Progressively move 5 feet back as you get better.

Tee Drill

Place three tees about 10 feet apart from each other. Grab three balls and start the drill by hitting to the first tee, second tee and third tee. Try to get the balls as close to the tees as possible. Now switch the order. Hit to the third tee, first tee and second tee. Keep switching the order to make the drill challenging.

Going the Distance

Hit five putts, and try to get each one to go a little farther than the last. Notice how big the gap is between all five balls. As you continue this drill, try and come as close as possible to the last ball you hit. This will fine tune your distance control.

Feel Your Stroke

Hit some putts to a hole 30 feet away. Before you stroke the putt, close your eyes and rely on your feel. Do this a few times and then hit putts with your eyes open. You should notice that you have a greater feel for how hard to hit it.

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 GolfLink.com and has over 40 articles published.

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