We all know putting well is a crucial element of playing good golf. It’s also important that we are confident and can drawback on positive outcomes from the past when putting. The best way to build your confidence is to start holing more putts and the easiest way to do that is to start practising short putts of around 3 to 4 feet in length, which can be done in your backyard or at your local park!
So what fundamentals should you be working on when practising those short putts?
The main focus should be a steady head that doesn’t move too much as you stroke your putt. If your eyes wander to see the result of the putt before you make contact with the ball, your head will move and the likely result will be a missed putt due to a poor stroke path, putter face that doesn’t return to the square and an off-centre strike.
Some practice drills to help you achieve a steady head are listed below;
- Mirror Drill – using a putting mirror when practicing
- Watch the Coin Drill – place a small coin or marker under or behind the ball and watch after you make contact with the ball.
- Listen for the ball to drop – think of listening for the sound of the ball dropping into the cup on short putts and try not to watch it fall in