Non-Boring Putting Drills Allowing You Improvement

John Stahlschmidt
PGA Director of Instruction
JW Marriott Camelback Golf Club
Scottsdale, AZ

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Putting is one of the most important parts of the game, yet it is the least practiced. Add up your total putts after each round. It might be shocking to learn that almost 50% of the strokes are spent on the green. Golfers usually don’t practice putting because it can be boring. I have highlighted my 3 favorite putting drills that will not only make putting more enjoyable but will allow you to improve.

Drill #1:  Master the Ruler – Direction is a very important component to better putting. If you can start the ball on line, you will make many more putts. For your next practice session, grab the ruler that has been collecting dust in the closet. Set it on the ground about 5 feet from the hole and putt 5 in a row down the ruler and into the hole. (see picture)    Once you make 5 in a row go for 10. This drill will go a long way in helping improve your direction control.

Drill #2:  Go Around the World – Jack Nicklaus always documented how he would have to make (3) three foot putts before walking to the first tee. He mentioned how the drill built confidence. Grab 3 balls and surround the hole from 4 feet. The goal is to go through your entire routine with each putt. I highly suggest drawing a line on the ball for improved direction control.

Drill #3:  Create a 4 Hole Putting Course – Before your next round of golf, create a 4 hole putting course. Pick a few short putts and a few long. Putt everything out and count how many strokes it takes. The goal is 8 or less total strokes. This way of practicing will better prepare you for the golf course.

Putting doesn’t have to be boring and it is the most important part of the game. Try the above and you will not only improve your putting but will have fun doing so.

John Stahlschmidt, PGA is the Director of Instruction for the JW Marriott Camelback Golf Club located in Paradise Valley, AZ. To contact John email