#96 Web TV: Improve Your Short Putting With This Drill

Putting – Here’s how you can improve your short putting and putt with confidence.

Guess what we are going to do today?

You got it; we are going to do some putting and I’m going to show you a really good drill to do that is really going to help your putting… so that you are sinking more putts and you have got a lot of confidence with those short putts.

What we are going to do here, is work on a half metre putt with our right hand.  Now if you are a left handed putter, what I want you to do is to putt left hand only.

I’m going to demonstrate this from the right side because obviously I’m a right hander. (make sure you watch video above for the demonstration)

So, we are going to do half a metre, so we’ll say roughly it’s about half your putter length.

I recommend that you actually do this on a really flat green so that there is no break or anything with this.

Now the thing that I want you to be doing here is all about making sure the putter is coming through the ball.  When you do the putting stroke, when you are going back and through you are making sure that the right hand is finishing past that left hip.

It’s all about the follow-through in putting, it’s not about how far you take the putter back.

What we are going to do here is to work on (like I said) half metre putts with our right hand only.  When we get set for the putt and we take our bow over the ball we are going to go back and through and then we are going to go hold, each time.  (make sure you refer to video for demonstration).

Now, as you may be noticing as I am coming through, my putter face is nice and straight, which means that the palm of my right hand is facing where I want the ball to go.  That’s a big key.  So, that’s the tip that I am going to give you for today.

That tip from Tiff, is that when you are doing this putting drill, so you are going back and through, hold, but the putter face itself is staying nice and straight. So when you are coming through its staying nice and straight, it’s not twisting.

Now, I am going to give you a challenge.  I want you to do ten putts in a row.  That’s it.  Ten putts in a row with one hand, half a metre out and they have to go in in a row.  So as soon as you make a mistake, you go back and start again.

You are going to say, “oh Tiff, that’s really easy.” Alright, sure it’s easy but I want you to make sure that when you are doing your putts you have to make sure that you have a tiny little back swing and it’s all about you coming through the ball.

Nice, easy, simple drill, but I know that a lot of people miss these short putts because of nerves.  We want to overcome that so that we are putting with confidence and every time you stand over that putt you know exactly what you are going to do.

That’s the tip for today get that one arm putting so solid that you never make a mistake.

To your golfing success,

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Tiffany Mika

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4 Responses to #96 Web TV: Improve Your Short Putting With This Drill

  1. Dave ONeill January 26, 2016 at 9:37 am #

    Good tip Tiff – especially with the emphasis on the follow through – so important. I like to keep my knees slightly flexed and relaxed over the ball and moving toward the target, especially with the longer putts. Learned this watching a Bobby Jones putting MGM video from the 30’s.

    It will be a bit hard for me with just the right hand as I am a right handed but it will build strength and focus.

    I like to put with the left hand and arm leading and in control and the right hand supplying the needed power and feel, just like with my regular golf shots. It seems to help with any yips I might have or that I might worry about! Nerves are my main problem in golf and am trying to relax, concentrate and not rush any shots and breathe deeply when I get nervous. -Dave

    • Tiffany Mika January 26, 2016 at 3:21 pm #

      Hi Dave,

      Yes that’s really important the follow through.

      What you doing is great. It’s good to learn to putt with your dominate hand as it teaches you how to keep it in place and not move when striking the ball. It will be a learned thing, rather than letting the natural tendencies to take over.

      Working with the left arm is also great as well, as it is important to identify the roll of the left hand. But just for the purposes of this particular drill I am concentrating on the dominate hand.

      Keep breathing and staying calm.

      I have a surprise coming up soon for controlling the nerves and concentrating throughout the round, so stay tuned.

      Tiff 🙂

  2. Paul Hendrick February 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    Tiffany,

    I found the biggest problem with my putting was my incorrect grip.

    How would you like to do a segment on the correct putting grip.

    • Tiffany Mika February 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm #

      Hey Paul

      Ah that’s a great request. Of course I will do a video on grips in the near future.

      Tiff 🙂

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