The Best Putting Drill to Improve Your Mid-Range Putting

By Steven Bann

This is a mid-range putting drill called “North, South, East, West.” Mid-range putting is the most under-practiced part of putting. Most people practice their short putts because they are afraid of missing their short putts, and they practice their long putts because they hope that their short putts will be really short.

How to Practice Mid-Range Putting

Mid-range putts are when you hit a good iron shot onto a green and you expect to make birdie, or when you hit a nice pitch or trap shot and you are trying to save par. If you don’t practice it, you are not going to make those putts. Mid-range is from seven to 15 feet. This drill is called “North, South, East, West.” We line up five balls from seven to 15 feet and we putt these from the south. Now that might be an uphill putt as it is here. Then we go over to the east and that will make it a right-to-left putt, and then we come downhill and then we hop around to the west we have a left-to-right putt. So you have covered the four types of putts in the mid-range.

Aim to Get 50 Percent of Your Putts

The aim of this game is to make sure that you get at least 50 percent of all putts so you make 10 out of 20. When you can start scoring more than 10 out of 20, you are going to get out on the golf course, you are going to look at putts and you are going to recognize those and you are going to be able to recall your success in practice and therefore make more putts.

Here we go, the first from seven feet, putting from the south. Then I work back down the line of balls and I start to get the feel for this slightly uphill, left-to-right putt. I want to get good positive recall for when I am faced with a very similar putt out on the course. There we go, I just made four out of five and I am going to go out on the golf course where I know I am going to make more putts in this round.


Category: Putting

About the Instructor

Steven Bann is director of the Pure Golf Academy in Australia and instructor to PGA Tour Pros Stuart Appleby, Robert Allenby, and K.J. Choi.