I don’t know about you but one of the most frustrating things to me in golf is putting. You hit 2 quality shots on a par 4 and reach the green in regulation. You then proceed to 3 putt for a bogie. Or even worst you miss that short birdie putt. Ugh! After the round you say to yourself "if only I could have putted better I would have had the round of my life". Well if this has ever happened to you, I have come up with some putting drills that can help stop this from happening. The 3 drills that I do, the alignment drill, the circle drill and the lag drill are drills that are going to make you a much better putter. You will be amazed how much your putting will improve. How do I know this you ask? Well everyone that has practiced with these drills has told me so. And every time I play with people for the first time, more often than not, they comment on how well I putt. I never heard that before I started doing these drills. This is something that you are going to have invest a little time in but it will be well worth the effort. I suggest doing the drills at least once a week. To do all 3 drills will take between an hour and an hour and a half. About the same time it takes to hit a large bucket of balls. But I guarantee that doing these drills will lower you score a lot quicker than hitting a bucket of balls. So if you want to start making more birdies and pars give these drills a try. You will be pleasantly surprised.
This is a drill that will train you to get aligned to the putting line you have chosen and to get your putt started on that line. This drill will also train you to keep your head down and still while you putt. You can watch a video on this drill by clicking on the KP Alignment video link.
How to set up
At the practice green look around and find what looks like a relative straight putt. Go out 10 or 12 feet, drop a couple a balls and make a few putts at the hole to see if it is straight. If your putt has some break, move a couple of feet left or right until you get a straight putt. Leave a ball or maker on the line.
Get out your KP Golf Tape and markers.
Clip the tape on the stick and pull it out to 2 feet on that straight line that you had found. Put a marker in at 2 feet on that line.
Next, using the marker at 2 feet to align the tape blade, put a marker in at 4 feet directly under the tape blade.
Next go out to 6 feet and again using the 2 foot marker as a reference point; put a marker in at 6 feet. Repeat this process every 2 feet until you get to 16 feet. Make sure you always check and see that the tape blade is over the 2 foot marker each time you put a marker down.
When you stand behind the markers, you should see a straight line to the hole.
How to use
Next, grab some balls and go to the 4 foot marker. Put a ball just in front of the 4 foot marker. Using the line you have created with the markers, align your feet, shoulders and putter face with that line.
Putt the ball directly over the 2 foot marker concentrating on getting your ball to roll end over end.
After making 5 putts, move out to the 6 foot marker.
Using the same process, make 5 putts from there and move to 8 feet and so on all the way to 14 feet, each time having to make 5 putts.
It is a drill that will help you align your body and putter with the line you have chosen.
By starting your putts over the 2 foot marker in front of you, it is going to train you to keep your head down and still.
Lag putting is all about speed. This is a drill that is going to train you to feel how hard you need to hit the ball to get it to go specific distances. By putting from 10 foot intervals, you will develop a feel on how much stroke you need to put on the ball to get it to stop 2 feet from the hole. We all know that we can make 2 footers, where as your percentages go up each foot you leave it further from the hole. To see a video on this drill click on the KP Lag video link.
How to set up
Get out your KP Golf Tape and clip it on the stick
Pull out the tape to 2 feet and put a marker down
Circle the hole with the tape putting 4 more markers down about equal distance apart, creating a 2 foot circle around the hole.
Pull out the tape to 20 feet and put a marker down.
Go out to 30, 40 and 50 feet and put markers down at each one of those distances.
How to use
I usually use 5 balls for this drill
Start at 20 feet and try and get your putts to end up inside the 2 foot circle at the hole.
Go out to 30, 40 and 50 feet and repeat the process.
Come back to 40, then 30, and 20, repeating the process