Short Putting Tips

How to Improve Putting from Short Distances

Every golfer feels the pressure over a 3 or 4 foot short putt when the heat is on. To get the confidence of making a good stroke under pressure, you need to practice those lengths of putts for a lot of hours. Everyone might not have that kind of time to invest into practice on the golf course. There are several drills that will help increase the consistency of the dreaded three-footer.

First thing to do is find a hole that is on a level ground with not much break. The less break the better because you need to know that you are putting the ball into the hole and not the break. This way, you can aim for the direct center of the cup. Measure out 3 feet, 4 feet, 5 feet and 6 feet from the cup and stick a tee in the ground or use a ball marker to mark your spot. Do this on four sides of the cup. Use a different ball for every position so you don’t have to bend over so much retrieving your ball out of the hole.

The object of this drill is to make the three-footer from all sides of the cup. After you make all four three-footers without missing, move back to the four-footers until you can make all four in a row. Now you made the four-footers with no misses, move back to the five-footers and then the six-footers. The goal of this drill is to get you to make a solid stroke that you can trust under pressure. Work on this a few times a week and you will see a difference in your ability to make the dreaded three-footer short putt.

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