Golf Putting Tips : Old Vhs Tapes Can Help you Make Short Putts

By: Kris Ruiter

Do you have any VHS cassettes lying around your house? If so, you have a great tool for improving your putting. Specifically putts inside of 10 feet. I know you may have to dig deep to find them, but trust me, go dust them off and I will show you a drill that will help lower your scores in a hurry.

Are you trying to lower your scores? If so, you will need to make more putts, plain and simple. You can't lower your scores by having 3 putts, missing the putt on an up and down, or not converting a great birdie opportunity.

Many players who struggle with making short putts suffer from a poor putter path. Putts that are less than ten feet should be struck with a putting stroke that is straight back and straight through. However, many players strike their balls with a putting stroke that cuts across the ball. That type of stroke makes it harder to start the ball on line towards the hole.

This drill is designed to help you develop a consistent putting stroke that goes straight back on the backswing and straight through on the follow through. This is the best way to get the ball started on line. Since we are working on shorts putts, distance control is not as big an issue. Most short putts that are missed are because of poor aim or a ball hit offline. Pace is typically not the issue.

Please use the following steps to make your path straight to hit your putts on line and lower your scores.

  • Take 4 VHS tapes and lay them on the ground.


  • Put them in 2 rows.


  • Take your putter and separate the two rows so that they are slightly wider apart than the width of your putter head.


  • Place a ball in the middle of the cassettes.


  • Set up to the ball.


  • After hitting a few putts. Place a soda can 3-5 feet in front of where you are aiming. The can is smaller than a regular hole which makes your practice even more effective.


The object of the drill is to not let your putter touch the cassettes. By grooving this path between the cassettes you will develop a consistent move back and through that will give you the best opportunity to start your ball on line and make more short putts.

This putting tip is available in picture format at free-golf-lessons.com. Please use this drill often to keep your putting stroke smooth and effective.

Good luck with your practicing and playing. May you 'Play Your Golf Dreams' sooner with the help of free-golf-lessons.com.

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