How to Master Golf Putting Basics

The golf putting game can easily account for 50 percent or more of your golf score. Here are some quick putting basics tips and practice drills to help become a putting master on the green!

Golf Putting Basics – Setup and Execution

Follow these golf putting basics tips on the range and even on the course to set up correctly for your driver tee shots every time.

1.The key to putting basics setup is comfort over the ball, light grip tension and no breakdown in stroke.
2.Use steady, pendulum-like tempo and accelerate through the follow-through.
3.Keep your lower body “quiet” throughout the putting stroke.
4.Ensure that your eyes are directly over the ball.

Golf Putting Basics – Putting Drills

To help you ingrain the proper putting stroke, distance control and accuracy, here are several recommended putting basic drills used by top PGA teaching pros.

Speed Control: Putting Ladder Drill

1.Place a line of tees at regular intervals up to the cup.
2.Putt to first tee, then putt to each subsequent tee.
3.If you putt too far or short of the target, start over.

Speed Control: Leapfrog Drill

1.Place coins at 10 and 20-foot locations on the green.
2.Hit the first putt to the 10-foot coin.
3.Hit each subsequent putt further than the previous putt but not past the 20-foot coin.

Accuracy: Putting Circle Drill

1.Set up eight balls in a circle around the hole—start with 3-foot putts.
2.If you make all the putts, move the balls further out and repeat the drill.
3.If you miss a putt, start over.

Distance Control: “Feel” Drill

1.Perform drill on putting green with 15 balls.
2.Initiate exercise with 30-foot putts, then shorter, longer, uphill and downhill putts.
3.Identify the target line and set up for putting stroke.  Then, turn your head and look at the target.
4.Execute the putt while watching the target throughout the stroke, ensuring good putting form.
5.Conduct “feel” drill for each target. Transfer feel to normal putting stroke (eyes over the ball).
6.Pre-round, perform the exercise for 5 to 10 minutes to “set the feel” of a particular course’s putting greens.

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