Putting Technique and Drills
Putting Techniques and Drills
With Europe’s fantastic performance and success in the Ryder Cup this past weekend, in large part thanks to some wonderful putting, we thought we would cover the topic in a bit more detail to try and help those amateur golfers inspired by the win.
There’s no doubt that every golfer wants to make more putts, whether they’re complete beginners or elite level players.
If you don’t feel confident on the greens, it’s worth taking a step back and aiming to develop the basic putting skills necessary to improve your game.
It goes without saying to make sure not to use up all your practise time at the driving range and skip the putting green.
When it comes to your putting technique, you have several good options for how you hold the club. It’s entirely up to you on what feels the most comfortable and what works best for you, so find your favoured position and go with it. There are long putters, belly putters, as well as longer than standard putters. Whatever is the most natural for you should be the one you choose.
Analyse your current way of holding the club and experiment with some different grip positions to see if there is a stroke which feels a bit more natural or comfortable. When you’ve decided on which one works best for you, it’s then time to work on distance and speed control, to give you the best chance of being a master on the green.
Once you learn how to make short putts, you’ll be able to approach any putt. Your routine should be kept short, on point and it also helps to not overthink the stroke. Once you know what to do, go with it. Otherwise you run the risk of raising your stress levels and creating room for doubt.
Short Putt Pointers
- To help with short putts, it’s important to lift your putterhead off the ground before putting
- Aim precisely at the hole and take the tension out of your hand.
- Make sure you set up a smooth backstroke to give the ball more of a chance of making the distance.
To become a player who can make the long putts, it’s important to concentrate fully during practice to give yourself more of a chance of learning something new.
When you are making long putts, you need to judge the distance and the break right, so that you hit the ball with the right speed. Strokes need to be long and slow as you let the putterhead accelerate through the ball rather than short and stabby.
To perfect your skill, you should practice hitting the ball from different angles. You should also be able to putt downhill as well as uphill.
Basic Putting Drills
Good drills are designed to allow you to feel specific movements so that you build your confidence and improve your technique. When you see success repeatedly, you should steadily start to see improvements to your putting game. We’ve listed some of the simpler drills and pointers below:
Fairly straightforward, this drill involves using just the one hand (of your rear arm) to hold the golf club when practising your putts. It’s very useful to help you practice properly releasing the putterhead, which is often one of the first things to go wrong when you’ve lost confidence in your putting. It also helps to establish strong hand-eye coordination, as you don’t tend to overthink the movement when only using one hand.
One Ball at a Time
Consider practising your putting with just one ball at a time. This will help to replicate the same conditions as when you’re out on the course. It will help you to feel the same sense of pressure as when you only have one chance on the green to make the shot. Rather than having 10 balls that you can use from the same spot to make the putt.
Going back and analysing and developing the very basics of putting often goes a long way to help improve your performance on the green.