Putting is the most important part of golf. This is where novice golfers can easily save strokes and shoot lower scores. No matter how the golfer hits the ball on any given day, putting can save them from total collapse. There are different ways novice golfers can get better at putting. Usually, the more someone putts the better they get. One drill I like to do is a lag putting drill called the “Ladder” as it helps with speed control on longer putts. First, set up tees from 5 feet, 10 feet, 15 feet, and so on till 30 feet in a straight line. Next, put either an alignment stick or a golf club 4 feet directly behind the hole. Putt 3 balls and putt from each of the tees starting at the 5 foot tee. The game is to have all 3 balls either in or past the hole to move on but not past the alignment stick. If left short of the hole or hit it past the alignment stick you must start over from the start. It’s called the ladder drill as the golfer goes from 5 feet to 30 feet then all the way back down to 5 feet. Another drill I like to do is called “Around the World” which works on both speed control and alignment. First, set up 6 tees around the hole from 3 feet, 4 feet, and 5 feet. Next, try to make all the 3 foot putts and then pick up those six tees. Then, move to the 4 foot putts and then the 5 footers. If a putt is missed, start over on the section the novice golfer began on. Doing these drills has improved my putting significantly as I have dropped my average putts for 18 holes from 30 to 26. Doing these drills gives both novice golfers the perfect practice of speed control and helps read greens.
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