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Thomas Campbell Pursues the PGA Tour: Best Putting Drills

Thomas Campbell Pursues the PGA Tour: Best Putting Drills

Thomas Campbell Pursues the PGA Tour: Best Putting Drills

In my last couple of blogs discussing my journey to the PGA Tour, I have discussed how my putting has been letting me down over the summer. My putting is now so much better thanks to some simple putting drills that have helped me stay consistent and accurate.

I now have so much more confidence on the greens, and I can trust that I will get the ball started on line. Below are 5 very important putting drills that I have been using a lot over the past three weeks. I guarantee if you use these drills you will become a much better putter.

Elevated Elastic String Line

I have just recently been introduced to this putting aid. Usually I use a chalk line to work on my alignment and getting the ball started online, however the string line provides greater feedback, and you have the ability to move the string line to work on putts that break. When using the string line you want to ensure that you position the ball directly below the string to the point where the ball is split in half visually by the string. With the ball directly below the string you will receive feedback, knowing if your eyes are directly over the ball, and if the putter face is square at address. Simply putt the ball down the string line and if the putt is straight the ball will go in. If the putt has break, for example 4 inches right to left, simply move the string line 4 inches to the right of the hole, and the ball should go in providing you hit the ball down the string line. You can purchase string lines online, or you can easily make your own.

Elastic String Drill

Elastic String Putting Drill

Chalk Line

I have already mentioned that I also use a chalk line when working on my putting. This drill is similar to the string line, and really helps to get the ball rolling straight towards the target. You can also use the chalk line to help with your alignment, as you will instantly see if your putter is aligned straight. The chalk line is also very helpful for players that use a line on their ball to putt as you can see if the line is lined up straight, and on a straight putt the line should roll over without wobbling.

Chalk Line Drill

Chalk Line Putting Drill

3ft Clock Drill

Confidence is the most important challenge of putting. If you have no confidence you have no chance on the greens. The best way to work on your confidence is by using the clock drill. I begin the clock drill by placing 10 tees 3 feet (or one putter length) around the hole. The goal is to make at least all 10 putts in a row without missing. When you make one putt move onto the next one. I like to putt from all directions around the hole as not one putt is similar to the last. If you can comfortably make 10 in a row, try for 50. The goal here is to see the ball go in the hole and build your confidence.

3ft Clock Drill

3 Foot Clock Putting Drill

6ft Clock Drill

I like to follow up the 3 foot clock drill with the 6 foot drill. Place 10 tees 6 feet (or two putter lengths) around the hole. Set yourself the goal to make 10 in a row. If you miss one, start again. Like the other drill you can challenge yourself to a higher number, although be careful to not make it too unrealistic. The goal is to build your confidence by seeing the ball go in the hole. The 6 foot putt is what makes and breaks good rounds. If you are confident over these putts your already have half the field beat.

6ft Clock Drill

6 Foot Clock Putting Drill

Ladder Drill

The ladder drill is a great drill to work on your speed on the greens, and building confidence at the same time. Simply place 10 tees in a straight line back from the hole. Each tee should be about a putter length further away from the hole than the previous one. The tees will gradually be further away starting at 3 feet with the furthest one being 30 feet. Putt one ball from each tee, starting at the shortest and ending at the longest tee. My goal is to hole 5 of the 10 putts. If I don’t hole at least 5, I repeat the drill until it is completed.

Ladder Drill

Ladder Putting Drill

 


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