A Simple Drill to Make Long Putts (and Avoid the 3-Putt)

By Steven Bann

This is my favorite long-putting drill, it’s called “leapfrog.” The object of long putting is to be able to get the putt just beyond the hole. I don’t believe in the theory that you want to get the ball into that putter length radius around the hole, any putt that’s short has no chance of going in. Everybody has the touch and the capability, with practice, to get every putt just beyond the target. Therefore, if it’s on line, it’s going to go in the hole.

5 Ball Drill to Improve Your Long Putts

Now the object of this game with five balls is that we want to start five yards away from the first stake.

  • I put two stakes in the green, you can use a tee, a flag, anything that can be set three yards apart.
  • I want to get the first ball just beyond the first stake, the second ball just beyond the first ball, the third beyond the second ball, the fourth ball beyond the third, and the fifth ball beyond the fourth, before I run out of room at the the other end.
  • When I do that, I then move back a yard, and the object of the game is to get back 10 or 12 yards from that first stake.
  • Many of the tour pros I work with easily get back to 10 or 12 yards, and when they do they make all their long putts, and they have fewer three-putts because their speed is perfect.

Increase Your Putting Distance

Now let’s have a go at this drill, so my first putt I’m trying to roll the ball just beyond the first stake. Now I’m thinking exclusively speed here, I’m not worried about line, so I’m just going to aim just a little bit right of the stake, the second ball I’m going to roll just beyond the first ball. Then the third ball, just beyond that ball, the fourth, just beyond the third ball. And then the last, just beyond that ball. I’ve successfully completed the drill from five yards, now I’m going to go back to six yards and when I can get back to 10 yards I’m going to stop three putting and I’m going to make some of those long putts as well. Try this drill, it’s a lot of fun.


Category: Putting
Sub Categories: Distance, Swing Drills

About the Instructor

Steven Bann
Steven Bann
385 Centre Dandenong Road
Heatherton
Victoria Australia 3202
Tel: 61 3 9558 3688
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.