- Won’t cost you a penny
- You can practice from the comfort of your home
- Will REALLYimprove your golf putting
There are many reasons why you might not get to the driving range to practice as often as you’d like. Time is usually the issue of course but motivation is another one… If you’re
struggling to get to the range I hope you can at least manage to get off your sofa, get your putter out and start improving your golf putting at home, because you can improve a lot by practicing (correctly) at home, and here’s how…
Let’s get started!
Get off that sofa (you can leave the TV on) and start improving your golf putting…
As a minimum to improve your golf putting at home you’ll need the following:
- Your putter!
- Three or four golf balls.
- A piece of carpet to practice on – ideally 8 feet (approx 2.5 metres) or longer, and ideally with a similar ‘speed’ to a real putting green.
- A target. This could be a practice putting cup available from golf stores but anything of a similar size to a golf hole (or smaller) will be fine.
- Three other golf clubs – wedges / short irons are best.
If you don’t have a suitable piece of carpet you can buy ‘practice greens’ which roll-up and are really good value for money.
What parts of golf putting can you improve at home?
There are a few parts of your golf putting you can’t work on at home such as turning putts or uphill/downhill putts, but there are many areas you can make real improvements on including:
- Short putts
- Ball striking
- Ball position
Use your practice time wisely
As you’ll know if you’ve read some of my other articles or watched my golf putting video lessons, I don’t believe you should practice any part of your golf game unless you practice the RIGHT things and are given FEEDBACK as you practice. Without this you’re probably better off staying on that sofa!
All of the golf tips below which you can work on at home will improve your golf putting if you do them CORRECTLY and LEARN FROM THE FEEDBACK that each drill will give you.
What should you practice at home?
Let’s look at each area that I said you can improve and what practice drills you can work on at home to improve them.
Work on really short putts (like 3 feet) and keep holing the putts counting them as you go. As soon as you miss one reset your score back to zero.
How many putts can you hit in a row? I once hit over 120 and the PRESSURE was HUGE. As the pressure mounts really focus on your pre-shot routine and keep it the same for every putt.
- Short putts
There are a couple of great golf tips for helping you improve these, but here are two simple ones.
Firstly practice the ‘push’ putt from 3 or 4 feet. This will ensure your clubhead is aligned correctly. Simply PUSH the ball into the hole/target.
Secondly take the three clubs. Set two up aligned at the hole so you can JUST swing your putter between them and use the third to align your feet PARALLEL to the other clubs. Then simply practice short putts swinging the putter back and through between the clubs. Every putt should go in.
- Ball striking
You need to somehow draw a nice straight line with a pen around one of your golf balls. Once you’ve done this try and hit some putts so the ball rolls along the line you drew. This will show you if you are hitting the ball 100% square on. This is a GREAT golf tip to see if you’re striking the ball straight at the target, and one you cannot easily work on at the practice green.
Ideally you need a mirror or a friend to help you with this. There are many areas of the stance to work on, but the two key ones are stability and your posture.
Looking carefully in the mirror and ignoring the ball (but use one), watch yourself face on hitting some putts. Is your body moving at all? Watch your shoulders and torso – they should not move left to right at all…
Secondly check your posture – a friend is ideal for this or maybe use a video camera. Check your arms are hanging straight down from your shoulders and the back of your head is parallel to the ground (not pointing up).
- Ball position
Hold a golf ball just in front of your left eye (for a right handed golfer) and set up for a putt. Now drop the ball. Wherever it lands on the carpet is where your ball should be when you are putting. You can try dropping a ball onto another ball you’ve placed on the carpet to see if it’s in the correct place, but be careful it doesn’t bounce off and smash the family crystal.
The golf tips I gave you about short putts will ensure your putter head and body alignment are correct…
So as you can see there is a HUGE amount you can work on to improve your golf putting without heading to the driving range.
I guarantee these golf tips will help improve your golf putting, and I’m also sure you can find a little bit of time to get off that sofa and work on some of these drills. Just finding 10-15 minutes per day can really make a huge difference to your golf putting!