More Golf Putting Drills and Games to Improve Your Skills

There are many games and drills you can complete that will occupy your time and contribute to quality practice sessions.  During your next practice session, try some of the following tips, drills and games to shave a few strokes on the green.  Some of these drills and games are beneficial if you have a partner.

Place a mark, such as a tee, in one foot increments away the hole.  Place ten marks on the green and putt progressively from each location.  The goal is to make ten consecutive putts.  If you miss a putt, then go back to the starting location.  This drill will help improve percentages for close range putts.

Practice using the gate drill.  Place two tees in the green slightly wider than the putter head.  Place a ball in between the two tees.  Now swing the putter back and through without hitting the two tees.

Play “HORSE” on the putting green.  Similar to basketball, a player putts from any location on the putting green.  If the player makes the putt, the other player must make same putt.  If they miss, they incur a letter (H-O-R-S-E).  The goal is to avoid spelling the word “Horse.” If player 1 misses the original putt, then player 2 has the opportunity to select the location for a putt.  If player 2 makes the putt, player 1 is forced to make the putt or incur a letter.  The game can be played with more than two players.

Play “Around the World” on the putting green.  Begin by placing four balls around the cup in four directions (north, south, east and west).  Start three feet from the hole.  When you make all four putts, move back another three feet.  When you make all four putts, again move back another three feet.  Obviously, the goal is to continue moving back and making putts.  The game gets more difficult as you move farther away from the hole.

Practice any form of these drills and games and you will become more consistent on the green.

 

Matthew Keller, PGA

Email keller@pga.com

 

FEATURED AUTHOR: Matt Keller is a PGA Golf Professional with over 15 years of experience. Throughout his career he has worked at courses in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida and Delaware. Matt has conducted thousands of golf lessons to players of all ages and ability levels. Currently, he is a PGA Professional at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club located near Bethany Beach, DE

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