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The 3 Best Putting Drills for New Golfers


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1. Classic Line Drill. Place a golf ball marker 3 feet from the hole. Continuing in a straight line place the remaining markers 3 feet directly behind the first until there are 5 markers all in a line towards the hole. Start at the marker closest to the hole. Once you make your putt into the hole from the first marker move back to the next one. Hit the ball from that marker until you sink another putt. Move away from the hole until you are making putts from the farthest marker. Move one level closer to the hole every time you miss a putt. This puts you under pressure to make every putt count. Incorporating pressure into your practice routine will prepare you for when you've got a difficult lie on the golf course.

2. The Chute. Find a non-breaking putt of about 4-5 feet from the hole. Take out two clubs and lay them parallel to each other, a few inches apart, on either side of your golf ball. The golf clubs should be within 3/4 inch of either side of the heel and toe of your putter when the putter is placed directly behind your golf ball. The clubs should be facing so that they create a 'chute' pointing directly towards the hole.

Hit the golf ball from between the two clubs aiming towards the hole. If your putter nudges the club laying on either side try again, this time correcting the misalignment in your swing. Ideally neither your putter nor the golf ball will touch the 'chute'.

Improve this putting drill by adding a metronome. Find the beat that feels natural to you swinging the club forward on the first beat and backwards on the second until it feels smooth and easy. Once you've got your rhythm down place the putter between the two parallel clubs. Swing your putter back and forth in time to the metronome so it doesn't nudge the clubs on either side.

3. The Clock. Set up a circle of 12 golf balls evenly spaced around the hole, similar to the numbers on a clock. Each ball should be about 3-4 feet from the hole.

Quickly tap each golf ball into the hole. Ideally you should be hitting the ball within 5 seconds of reading each putt for this drill. Work your way around the hole moving to each ball in a clockwise direction. Like the line drill, pressuring yourself to make all of your putts in a row will add an element of pressure to your practice which helps when you're playing for real.

If you want to add a layer of challenge to this putting drill, simply close your eyes to help finess your swing intuition. Read your putt, get ready to swing, and at the moment of impact close your eyes. Before you open them take a mental note of where you believe the ball ended up based on your swing path and intuition.

Open your eyes and see how close your guess was. By closing your eyes you'll get a clearer idea of how your arms and body are working together to line up each putt. Cutting off vision lets you 'feel' your putt better. After a few hits you will have much better intuition about where the ball is moving.

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The 3 Best Putting Drills for New Golfers

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