If you want to really see what is going on with your putting, you can spend a little time pre-round or in your practice sessions to really make drastic improvements to your stroke. Here is a drill that you help you instantly.
Find a flat part of the practice green and lay down two clubs or alignment sticks about 5 inches apart. You want to create a track that leads to the hole and a straight putt.
Place a ball in the middle of the sticks at about 3 feet, and focus on making 10 putts in a row. Once you have completed making 10 in a row, then move the sticks and the ball back to 4 feet. Make 10 putts from this distance and then move back to 5 feet. The majority of your putts are going to be within 5 feet during your round, and the more consistent you are with straight putts, the more consistent and confident you will be on every putt.
The key is to make sure you do not move back until you have made 10 in a row. Create a competition with yourself to do this, and count how many times you have to start over. Over time, you will know your personal record and you will always have a number in your mind to shoot for. The same as you try to hit par or your handicap on the golf course.
This drill will allow you to make a solid stroke, and you will hear the ball drop into the hole time after time. The sound of the ball dropping in so often when you putt will make your confidence soar. Once on the course, visualize the track and feel confident that you will make these putts more often than not. This will not only improving your scoring average, but you will also enjoy the game much more. Doing this drill for just one week could easily knock 3 to 5 strokes off of your scoring average.
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