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3 drills that will build a great putting stroke

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When you find yourself scratching your head because of all the putts you’re missing, take the time to hit the practice green and work out the kinks. All players go through slumps and face times when their stroke needs touching up, these three drills will go a long way in helping to reestablish a solid putting motion.

1. 4 Tee Drill

This drill is great for focusing on center contact as well as helping to maintain a square putter face through impact.

Most players will associate this drill with the two tees that many players on tour use for solid contact. But what makes this drill different is that by having two sets of tees, it forces us to have a good takeaway, as well as a good, follow through. Just have the two sets spaced 3 to 5 inches apart with the openings of the two sets being slightly wider than your putter. From there, any unwanted lateral movement with your putting stroke will be met by a tee.

2. Coin Drill

This drill pertains to those who tend to look up before hitting a putt which throws off our follow through and makes us manipulate the head. We do this for different reasons, though none of them are justifiable. Because those that keep their head down through the stroke will allow you to have better speed, control and just make a better stroke in general.

To perform this drill, just place the ball on top of the coin and make your stroke. Focusing on seeing the coin after you hit your putt before looking up.

3. Maintain the Triangle drill

One of the biggest things that I see in high handicap golfers or just bad putters, in general, is that they either don’t achieve an upside-down triangle from their shoulders, down the arms, and into the hands as pictured above. If they do, it often breaks down in their stroke. Either way, both result in an inconsistent strike and stroke motion. It also makes it harder to judge speed and makes it easier to manipulate the face which affects your ability to get the ball started online.

I use a plastic brace in the photo to hold my triangle, however, you can use a ball or balloon to place in between the forearms to achieve the same thing.

These three drills will help you establish proper muscle memory and promote strong techniques to help you roll the rock!

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Todd is an assistant golf professional in Knoxville, Tennessee. As an ex-division 1 golfer at Tennessee State University, he uses his skills and knowledge to grow the game through giving lessons and his writing. He is the sole owner of The Daily Golfer, a website that covers news, instruction, and product reviews for everything in the world of golf.

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  1. RBImGuy

    Mar 25, 2019 at 2:05 am

    The above is too difficult and requires drills to even make workable

  2. P

    Mar 17, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    I think these modern methods of putting makes you all too mechanical and removes any sense of feel and touch out of the stroke, is why so many new players coming into the game get all confused and flustered because they feel frozen in place and too robotic.
    We all need to go back to the old school style of Jack and Arnie and get really low and hunched over the ball so that you are as close to the putting surface as you can be, and flick the putter with the wrists to get a better sense of the pendulum in the hands

    • Science, Bitches

      Mar 18, 2019 at 4:49 am

      Outside of being completely disproven, sure, let’s do that.

      • P

        Mar 19, 2019 at 3:11 am

        Disproven by Jack’s 18 majors 73 Tour victories, Arnie with 7 Majors and 62 Tour victories, and countless other close calls and foreign and senior wins. Now that’s all skill science.

    • GA

      Mar 18, 2019 at 9:40 am

      Agreed. I tried to be a more mechanical and it ruined me for a long time.

      Two things have helped me: Once I’m ready, I take a breath and exhale as I start the stroke, as if I’m pulling the trigger on a gun. And I have laser focus on the golf ball. I don’t look at the putter at all and focus on the ball from the start of the stroke until it stops rolling.

      • Prime21

        Mar 18, 2019 at 12:36 pm

        F.Y.I. It doesn’t have to be a cognizant choice as to which direction you go, both mechanics & feel can BOTH be achieved. I think the instructor makes some good points on developing sound mechanics. Personally, I think that without strong mechanics it is difficult to build a repeatable stroke based on feel, so striving to achieve both is essential for continued success with the flatstick.

        • P

          Mar 19, 2019 at 3:15 am

          As long as you know how to square the putter and get the ball rolling in the direction you want and with the speed you want, none of the above is necessary, proven by Jack and Arnie’s styles. Ben Hogan, as great a ball striker as he was, was notoriously bad at putting because he tried to be too mechanical like his main swing – had he been able to putt more with feel, he would have won twice as many. TW says it’s all in his right hand with the thumb on top controlling the whole thing. That’s all feel

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