There are four categories of putting practice that will improve your putting: mechanics, short putts, mid putts, long putts. Most golfers only practice their mechanics, thinking that if they perfect their stroke they are going to be good putters. Nothing could be further from the truth. The best place to practice your mechanics is at your home or in the office.
Practice Putting Mechanics at Home
Such drills as the umbrella under the arms, the putting mirror or the pole for the swing path should be practiced at home so that when you have time to get to the golf course you can practice putting, which is all about making putts.
- The short category is from the hole to six feet. In that category the mindset should be about 80 percent on line and 20 percent on speed.
- Mid putts are seven to 15 feet and your mindset should be 50-50: 50 percent on line and 50 percent on speed.
- Long putts, which are over 15 feet, you are almost exclusively going to be thinking about the speed of the putt.
I am going to show you three drills in each of those categories that are going to help you improve your putting so that you will be able to make more putts out on the golf course. This will help you practice the game you intend playing.