we all know, the quickest way to lower your score on the golf course,
is to practice the short game. Yet many golfers prefer to hit golf
balls at the practice facility or play 9-holes rather than practice
putting. When practicing, remember putting is all about distance
control - so it's more important to get comfortable with this, before
worrying about which way a putt will break.
begin on the practice green, roll golf balls to different holes with
your hand rather than with a putter. This will help you get an idea of
the speed of the green.
you have a feel for roll and speed, you can work on reading greens.
This begins as you walk toward the green. Look for big slopes and pick a
place where you want the ball to finish (hopefully near the hole.)
Again, roll a ball toward a hole and see if it does what you thought it
would. Now hit the putt and watch the ball to learn what it does.
Reading greens is based on practice and experience - so take 30-minutes
each week during your golf season to practice putting.
good drills include practicing from one putter-length from the hole
(probably a 3' putt since most putters are 34"-36" long.) See if you
can make 10 putts in a row from this length. Once you master 8 or 9 out
of 10 putts, move to two putter-lengths and try to make 7 or 8 out of
10. If you miss a putt, go back to one putter-length and try for 10
again. This builds confidence in your putting and is much more
productive that standing at one side of the practice green and hitting
giant lag putts at holes from 30' away.
you transition to the golf course greens, your goal is to have two
putts or less, so make sure you give the first putt a chance to make it
close to the hole so you have an easy second putt. Practicing speed and
distance control will help you achieve that goal.
May all your putts be short ones.