It's amazing how many strokes are lost on the putting green. How many times have you hit the green in regulation but scored a bogey or worse simply because you missed your putts? It's real depressing when you have a 2 to 7 foot putt for birdie or par and you miss it. Sad to say, a lot of us do not make a lot of putts over 8 feet. Within 7 feet though, we should be able to make a good majority of them. We can easily improve our golf scores if we concentrate on making short putts. Only practice will make us a better putter. You want to practice long and mid range putts but typically they don't go in on one stroke. Long and mid range putts usually are lay up putts. Our time would be better spent if we practiced more on short putts. Professionals know this and so it would be beneficial if we recognized this also. Many Tour players have missed short putts thus missing their opportunity to play on the weekend.
So beginners, try this drill: find a hole on the practice green and place 6 equally spaced tee's around the hole 1 foot from the hole. Hit putts from each tee until you make it, then move onto the next one. Continue this process until you have made all six putts. When you have made all six putts, move the tee's out 1 more foot. Keep doing this until you have reached 7 foot from the hole.
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. You'll learn consistency and gain confidence. Setup the same way for every shot, take your time, and build your confidence as you hear the putts rattle into the hole. Do this drill religiously and you will see a huge improvement in your short range putting skills and your score will, in time, reflect it.