Use These Free Putting Training Aids

By: Max Johnson

Why do individual scores always go up in the club championship and only a few players can shoot their handicap in the Championship flights? Is it the pressure? For some it is. I think it is partly due to the fact that suddenly the player is asked to putt out all putts including the short ones. Below are some putting drills that will make sure you can make the short putts whether it is in the club championship or to win a big nassau bet in your regular foursome.

Perfect Alignment
This simple drill will give you a great visual aid during address that will assist your putting alignment. With proper alignment putter head will have a better chance to consistently hold its path better allowing the ball to start on the correct target line.

When you place your golf ball on the putting green prior to picking up your ball marker, align the brand name or some manufactures are now providing lines on the side of the golf ball so that it points down your target line. Now as you address the putt, use the line on the golf ball as a back up to what you see with your eyes. You should feel that the line on the golf ball is parallel with your eyes and target line.

As the golf ball rolls, note how the label or line is traveling in relation to the target line. If the golf ball is rolling end over end then you struck the putt on the correct line. However, if the golf ball begins to roll on the right or left side of the ball, the putter head path was heading in that direction instead of at the target. Holding your finish will also give you a clue to where your putter path was during your stroke.

Putt to a tee
Why would you do this? You know how some days the hole looks smaller than others. What would you do if the hole always looked bigger to you? You would be able to become to be more confident and to make more putts.

Find a flat spot on the practice putting green and simply stick a tee into the ground. Start hitting putts from two feet and move back one foot when you hit the tee three times in a row. You can make this a game with others and have fun while you are improving your putting!

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