Putting Drills With Tees

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…

Putting Drills With Tees

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

Putting Drills - 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! 

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Gregg Kinney
Gregg Kinney
I recently had the privilege of receiving golf instruction from Brad after years of inconsistent golf play. His ability to break down complex concepts into simple, digestible instructions is a testament to his skills as a golf instructor. Brad creates a relaxed and positive learning environment, making it easy to ask questions and seek clarification. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced golfer, Brad has the ability to identify and correct the subtle flaws in your technique, leading to improvements in your overall game. He is professional, courteous and a true asset to anyone seeking to enhance their golfing skills. Thanks to Brad, my golf game is much more enjoyable!
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Kevin Tokarczyk
I am a new golfer and just started playing 2 years ago with my roommates in college. Now that I have graduated, I’ve wanted to play the game more seriously and started taking lessons 3 months ago. I have had multiple instructors with little improvement. Brad was the first instructor that was able to break down my swing in the simplest way and gave me a better understanding of how my body is supposed to move through my swing. Brad is articulate and concise which is great for me as a beginner golfer because he is able to efficiently communicate without confusion or over-explanation. I have seen more improvement from my one session with him than I have with any other instructor. 1 week on from my lesson with him I am making much better contact with the ball and my swing is smoother and straighter. Thank you Brad, I look forward to taking another lesson from you!
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Jeff Haag
Brad is one of the best golf instructors I’ve had. He’s very patient, and worked with my swing. It was horrible in the beginning. He broke it down and explained, in small steps, how to improve it. I was never overwhelmed. He gave me drills to do, and I followed his instructions. After 8 lessons, my game has improved immensely. Brad met me at a club fitter, which was helpful. I plan to take more lessons as soon as my rotator cuff is healed! (Not from golf)
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Benjamin Grais
I am new to the area so I was looking for a golf coach who could help me improve my game. I have played golf for 35 years but as I have aged, I needed to adjust my swing with golf lessons and expert instruction. I found Brad's website with a plethora of options including private and group lessons. In the last 3 weeks with Brad's coaching, I have enrolled in both private and group instruction with substantial Improvement. Besides being an amazing coach, Brad has exceptional interpersonal skills. He is authentic and truly wants to learn about you and your golf game. He has the latest technology and is able to explain the results which translates to a better golf game. Thank you Brad! I appreciate all of your help, patience, and guidance.
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I started taking lessons in July 2022 and my goal was to regain my swing that I had lost due to lack of play for 10 years. I was shooting 100-105. My goal was to regain my tempo and break 90 by 1/1/23. That goal was shattered in just 90 days. I’m now scoring in the mid 80’s consistently and I’ve shot 79 once. Brad has been there every step of the way. He breaks the swing down in bite size pieces. I improve after each lesson and he’s there for his students daily. He even helped me get fit with a custom driver just a few weeks ago at Club Champion. He’s the real deal if you want to improve your game. Thanks Brad
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Jr Yang
After so much frustration hacking away at balls on the range - it was a relief to finally have fun. I improved more in my one hour with Brad than I have in the past two months getting back into the game. His style is personable and relaxed, and he is a very effective communicator explaining concepts and correct feels. I finally feel confident standing over a golf ball again, and look forward to my next lesson with Brad. Roll Tide!
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Michael S
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