Many of my students ask me to give them fun putting drills with tees that they can use in practice to learn and improve their scores.
When practicing putting, many players will mindlessly take three balls to the putting green, drop them at one spot, and hit them towards a hole. Hey look, it’s not a crime. We are all guilty of it and have all done it. For whatever reason, we have simply just gone through the motions and not worried about technique at all.
What if I gave you a way to change that? What if I gave you some putting drills with tees that would make it fun and challenging? Interested?
Here you go…
“Old School” Putting Practice: Ladder Drill
The ladder drills been around forever and there are many variations of it. In an attempt to put some golf course like pressure on my players at this time here is how I like to do it…
1. Find a flat or slightly uphill putt for your putting
2. Place a tee in the ground starting at 1 foot from the hole and continue going back in a straight line up to 10 feet from the hole
3. Player then takes two balls to the tee at the two foot line and they take two putts from that distance. If the players misses both putts, they would move up to the one foot line. If they make one of the two putts, they stay at the 2-foot line. When they make both putts they move back to the three foot line.
Depending on the player’s skill level, this process continues for a set amount of time or until the player works up the ladder and makes two puts in a row from 10 feet.
Drills For Putting Distance Control – Far/Short Drill
When it comes to working on putting distance with my players, many think that they have to have “the perfect speed.” While I find this not to be true… as you can make a breaking putt on many different lines which would require different speeds.
Here is a fun and challenging putting drill with tees that has helped a lot of my players…
1. Place at tee in the putting green 20 to 30ft from where they’re going to putt from.
2. The player will then take three balls from the starting point and hit putts.
3. On the first putt, the player should be trying to roll the ball approximately two feet past the tee that they put in the putting green.
4. On the second putt, the player should be trying to roll the ball two feet short of the tee that they put in the putting green.
5. On the final putt, the players should be trying to roll the ball and hit the tee that they placed in the green.
Obviously, you can change the putting distances up fit the skill of the player. If you have a more beginning golfer putting, maybe it is better to use four foot putt on either side of the tee.
Your goal, would be to perform the task correctly 7 out of 10 times. If you can only do it 6 out of 10 times or less, you would want to make the distance greater (instead of two make it three feet). If the player can do it 8 to 10 times out of 10 times, it is too easy for the player and you need to get the constraints closer together.
Keep in mind with this putting stroke drill, you are putting to a tee. As a result, you don’t need to set this up square in the center of the green. You can do this off to the side and not take up a lot of space.
Drills To Improve Putting: 10 Putts
This is another putting drill with tees that will not only force you to strike good putts but will also put some pressure on you in practice like you’re going to see on the golf course.
To set up this putting training…
1. Find a flat or slightly uphill putt
2. Place a tee in the ground at three, six and nine feet
3. Now that you have the putting drill setup, the goal of this drill is to make six putts from 3 feet, three putts from 6 feet and one putt from 9 feet.
Again, depending on the player’s putting skill level, they may have to make all 10 putts in a row before they are done or they may only have to make a total of 6 from 3ft before they move on to the 6-foot putt … you get the idea by now.
Must Have’s For Putting Practice: Feedback
We are guilty of going to the putting green and dropping three golf balls and mindlessly stroking putts at a hole in which we have very little chance to make. These putts give us no feedback… at all.
Hitting putts with the practice drills discussed above will give you the feedback that you need in order to make more putts.
As I have shown, hitting putts using these putting swing drills can improve your technique and scores by lowering the amount of 3 putting you are having during a round and encouraging more one-putts. In addition, implementing these into your putting practice program is not only challenging but will make you feel the pressure you will feel on the course. In addition, they are just a lot of fun!