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Putting Drills for Distance Control

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#1 _conejunkie



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Posted 11 July 2018 - 07:21 AM

What drills/games have you all used to help your child improve putting distance contol?

I see my child struggle with this and most always blows it by the hole or bangs the cup too hard causing a miss.

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#2 leezer99


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 07:33 AM

Ladder drill


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:13 AM

1) Make a “box” with clubs or alignment sticks propped up on tees (high enough so balls can roll under.  Line up like 10 balls starting from 6’ away progressing back as far as you want, usually 25’ or so.  1 pt for each ball in the box, make it a competition , you vs. him or a buddy.

2) set up four tees , a set of two at each end 5’ or so apart( like end zone lines on a football field).  Putt from one “line”  to the other, closest to line gets point , play to 10. Usually best on a slight slope so one way is down hill and the other is uphill.  Vary distance accordingly.    You can adjust rules accordingly- I.e points only count if within a grip legnth of line, or pints only count if past the line (to encourage not leaving short!)
This is super simple but has helped my son, again it is a competition.


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Posted 11 July 2018 - 08:23 AM

Cam McCormick/Jordan Spieth putting drill.  Love this drill as it works on spacial awareness.
Put an alignment stick 3 ft. behind a cup.  Start balls in a line at 10ft, 15ft, 20ft, 25ft, 30ft, 35ft, 40ft, 45ft, 50ft.  Player needs to call what the ball is going to do with their head down after the putt.  Left long, right short, in the hole, etc.  Through 25 ft the ball must go past the hole.  Birdie if it goes in.  Par if it is between the cup and stick.  Bogey if it is short or past the stick.  At 30 ft. you move the alignment stick to 4ft past the hole.  Same rules apply through 50 ft but they get 1 ft in front of the cup as well.  Goal is to be at +2 or better.  Love this drill because it works on spacial awareness which I think is huge for teaching distance control.


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 10:23 AM

The are lots of great drills out there. The ladder is great with the flag 3' behind the hole.  Another is taking a step onto the green and placing a tee.  Then put tees starting at 15', 18', 21', 25' and 28' away.  The ball must come to a rest between the first tee and the edge of the green.  When it does move back a tee.  If it doesn't move up a tee.  It is a tough drill.  It also puts pressure on them on the last tee.

One quick thought...my son use to have the same problem with blowing the ball past the hole.  I started to get on him about it so he stopped doing it.  The problem was he started to leave them 3' short!!!!  It took a long time to get my son to feel comfortable with putting the ball past the hole.  If you think you are frustrated with him going long...what till he hits them short!!!

Have to thank Heavy for this but the Putt Out is a great gadget for putting.  It has helped my son a lot.


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Posted 13 July 2018 - 12:04 PM

Set up a box with 4 tees, about 3 feet square.  Put a marker on the front edge of the box as the hole location.  Putt into the box, so the ball stops within the box, from varying distances.  Now the hard part, have the golfer do it with eyes closed, calling out short, in or long before opening their eyes.


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