Two aspects are vital for successful putting – direction and distance.
The harder part is usually to have the proper distance. This drill will help you master this area of your putting game.
All you need is a couple of three feet long strings (five to six will do).
Place these strings on a putting green evenly spaced (about three feet apart) one after the other. Your goal now is to putt into each space.
Try to roll your first ball just over the very first string, so that it stops between the first and second string.
Then roll the second ball over the second string, stopping it before the third string, and so on. Once you have completed the ladder meaning that you have placed a ball between each set of the strings, you can start to mix it up.
You will see for yourself, if your feel is already good enough to make the ball stop where you want to each time.
You should try this exercise multiple times starting from different distances, practising uphill and downhill to get the most out of it.
While putting, react and create a feel for distance. Imagine the hole being in the middle between each set of strings.
You will notice that your feel for distance will improve fast.
When I did this drill the first time, I noticed that the direction of the ball improved, too, because I focused on proper tempo and making a good stroke I hit the ball better with my putter.
I think you will find out the same for you. That is another point, why they say distance is more important than direction.
You will hit the ball better, if you focus on distance.
- Get five to six strings each three feet long.
- Place the strings evenly spaced on a putting green.
- Putt between each set of strings starting with the nearest.
- Practice uphill, downhill and from different distances to the strings.