MY FAVOURITE PUTTING DRILL
The most important thing, I believe, is your ability to hit your start line. I often create a drill relative to each player and the parameter of their stroke, which they can use to calibrate what they are doing on a daily basis. A lot of times it’s as simple as finding a straight putt and creating a gate, about 5cm wide, which they have to putt through. I try to encourage most tour pros to do this, because it highlights any tendencies and tells you if your read was any good. It’s the best kind of drill.
BUILD A BALANCED STROKE
To stop swinging short and accelerating so aggressively, try and groove your stroke so your swing length stays fairly equal. A simple way to do this is by using two tees or balls, and placing one a foot behind the ball, and the other a foot in front. The key is to keep the distance evenly spaced, and to focus on swinging your putter with an even rhythm. You’ll actually find it difficult to accelerate, and should see far greater consistency in your speed control.
You can use two tee pegs or buy ready-made gates that have different widths for different degrees of error.
As you progress, try and set up multiple stations for short, medium and long putts. Just make sure the spacing between the balls and/or tees is equal.