A lot of beginners are shocked when they learn how much putting affects their score. Have you ever scored a bogey or worse simply because you missed your putts on the green? What I hate is when I hit the ball stiff to within 2 to 7 feet and miss my putt for birdie or par. For amateurs, a lot of us will rarely make putts outside of 8 feet. However, inside 7 feet, we should be able to make a lot more than we do. We can improve our golf game if we focus our attention on making short putts. Practice is what will allow us to become better. You want to practice long and mid range putts but typically they don't go in on one stroke. You should practice to lay up to within 3 feet for these types of putts. However, it is more important to practice your short putts. The Pro's know this and so it would be beneficial if we recognized this also. A lot of PGA Tour players have missed 2 to 3 footers to miss the cut on a Friday, missing their chance to play for the money on the weekend.
Beginners try this drill: put 6 equally spaced tee's in a circle 1 foot from a hole. From each tee, putt until you make it. If you do, then move onto the next one. Your goal is to make all 6 putts. When you have made all six putts, move the tee's out one more foot. You are complete when you have moved the tee's out to the 7 foot mark.
This simple drill teaches you the feel of putting from all angles. You will also be able to practice every break and you will be putting from both uphill and downhill. Also you will be teaching yourself repetition and confidence. Use the same routine for every stroke and listen for the ball to fall into the hole. Do this drill religiously and you will see a large improvement in your short range putting skills and your score will, in time, reflect it.