Golf is a game that brings out your skill and feel and this is never more evident than when you find yourself on the green, putting for a great score.
If you are struggling on a hole and you need to roll in a 15 footer to save par or even a bogey, this is the part of your game where you can save a lot of shots from a high score.
Francesca from Denton Golf Club in Manchester competes in the Rose Ladies Series and many other professional competitions up and down the country and she has a fantastic drill to help you improve your putting.
This drill is simple but extremely effective. Go to the putting green and set up a 10-foot to 15-foot putt and take three balls with you as well.
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Once you have decided on the line of your putt, you should go up to the hole and create a gate with two tee pegs on the side of the hole that you think the ball should drop in.
For example, if your putt is swinging from left to right, you should place the two tee pegs on the left side of the cup. If you hit a nice putt and you have read the green correctly, your ball should fall in nicely.
This drill not only helps your distance and speed control with your putting, but it also helps you to read the green properly. If you have read the green incorrectly, you can adjust the tee pegs and by this process, you are becoming more familiar with different green terrains.
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Once you have mastered this part of the drill, you should now create a gate with tee two pegs that span the length of your putter head.
As you can see in the picture, Francesca has her putter placed in between the tee pegs and if she can produce a solid stroke, her putter will pass through the gate and send the ball on its way.
For this drill, you should aim to relax your hands and feel comfortable over your putt. You also receive immediate feedback, if you hit the tee pegs, it means you have made a bad stroke.
Even if you pass the putter through the gate without a ball there, you can still work on the solidity of your stroke. This drill helps you to maintain a consistent pull back and follow-through, which will help you to hole more putts in no time.