I've go to tell ya, this is one area that alludes me a lot of times out on the golf course. I miss the short putts when I should automatically make them.
It always seems to happen when I make a good drive off the tee, followed by a great 2nd or 3rd shot down near the green (or on the green sometimes), and then a nice chip or long lag putt to around the cup.
I line up for the short putt, to end the hole with a pretty decent score, but then I miss the putt. Sometimes twice!!
Are you feeling me?!? Ugh!!!
Well, here is a simple drill that I've been trying recently and it has made a huge improvement in my making short putts. It's not 100% foolproof, but when it comes to golf what is! Here's the drill:
- Go to the practice green
- Find a hole that is relatively flat
- Take your putter and line up about 1 foot away from the hole
- Without using a ball, make a few practice strokes
- Your goal is to make sure that your putter-head goes directly over the hole (not to the right or to the left)
- Keep does this practice drill until you can automatically make your putter-head pass over the hole perfectly every time
- Once it feels natural to you, drop a ball down and see what your results are
I've made it a habit to arrive early to whatever golf course I'm playing and head over to the putting green. I practice numerous long lag putts first.
When I feel pretty confident with my lag putting, I pick up my ball and perform this simple drill. I keep doing it until putting the ball in the cup feels good.
My confidence feels boosted and I'm ready to go knock in those short putts. Now if only I could get the ball off the tee as consistently!