Get Rid Of Three Putts

By: Brad Myers

We have all heard it many times. The quickest way to lower your score is to improve your putting. To play golf at a high level, the game is about making birdies. Being blunt, the better players rarely three putt. This means that they are good lag putters and are making the short putts under pressure. The better players work on their putting strokes and it will take some practice time to improve your putting stroke as well. The three drills below are great practice and they will teach you not to move or peek at your putt. These challenges get worse as the heat is turned up and the pressure increases on your putting stroke. You should also work on creating a repeating pre-shot routine so when a big putt needs to be holed, the focus is on holing the putt. Use these drills below. You will see an improvement in your putting and more importantly your pressure putting.

KEEP YOUR HEAD STILL -

You should hold your head still to keep the putter on the correct path throughout the stroke and there are many ways to do this. If you travel, you can practice this at home or in a hotel room. Take your putting stance. Make sure the top of your head is touching the wall and as you take your stroke you should not be able to feel your head move off of the wall. If you do you have too much motion in your putting stroke your head will stay on the wall. Another way to do it is to incorporate a friend. While you swing your putter back and through, have your friend place his/her hand on top of your head to hold your head still. This also provides instant feedback to you. If you are by yourself, take a putting stroke and after the ball is gone, look at the spot where the ball was and slowly count to three and listen for the ball to fall into the putting cup. Although counting to three will seem like an eternity, this is the key to become a good putter under pressure.

KEEP YOUR EYES CLOSED -

After you line up a short two to three foot putt. Simply, close your eyes. Closing your eyes will encourage you to really feel the movement of your arms and you will find that the slower your arms move, the more consistent you will putt. You will also become much better at your distance control.

KEEP A STABLE BASE -

This drill will help you keep your lower body in place during the putting stroke. Take your putting stance. Then wedge a rubber ball between your knees. You can use a cheap kids ball or a volleyball. You will need to squeeze the ball slightly to create a solid foundation and not to let the ball drop from between your knees. Eventually, you will develop the feeling of stability. Keeping a stable base is a fundamental of a consistent putting stroke.

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