Here is a distance drill that will really help you with your putting. You want to pick the distance you are going to hit the ball before you choose your break on longer putts. Here we are not worrying about break, we are simply trying to let our ball to come to rest as close to the edge of the green as we possibly can.
How to Get a Feel for Putting Speed
A downhill putt is more demanding and I am about 30 to 35 feet from the fringe. So the first thing I am going to do is just look at the stroke and try to feel how much swing I need. Then I am going to roll one ball. That was a little easy but a very good putt for distance. Now I would like to learn from that, I would like to see if I can hit this second ball a little bit closer to the fringe. As you get the feel you can see that distance really is something you can learn.
How to Practice Putting
With practice you should be able to hit ball after ball within a few inches of the edge of the green. If you can do that then reading greens is very simple. The nice thing about this drill is that all the props it takes is five or six golf balls and a little patience on your part. Remember, learn to putt the ball the correct speed. You can develop this kind of feel and touch with drills like this. Once you know that you can hit the ball the correct speed it is much easier to read greens and you eliminate a lot of three putts. Speed first, then break. Speed is like feel and touch; it can be acquired with practice.