Using various drills and games helps you to become a better judge of line and weight, and to grove your stroke without unnecessary toil and boredom.
To find your feel for distance it is best not to aim at a hole - it can be disturbing. To gauge long range putts, simply press a tee peg into the practice green and try to lay every putt dead on.
To develop a touch for medium range putts, lay out three tees in a line. Place the first one about 15 feet away and each of the others at 1O foot intervals further away. Putt two balls to each tee and keep repeating the exercise. This teaches you to take putts individually and judge the pace each time which helps your touch.
One of the most enjoyable ways to hone your pace and line is to play bowls.
You need two or more players, three balls each and a "jack" - the target ball.
Player (1) knocks the jack down the green, than hits his first ball towards it, trying to get as close to the jack as possible. Player (2) then has to beat his rival. Take alternate putts until you have hit all the balls.
To score, judge whose ball is closest. The player with the nearest ball is awarded 1 point. If the same player has more than one ball closer than the opponents, award a point for each. Play to 21.
ALL IN A ROW
Line 5 or 6 balls up in a row from the hole with the first one about 3 feet away and the others in a straight line at one foot intervals. Start with the closest and then putt each of the others in order until you miss. If you miss, pick up and replace the putted balls and start over.
This drill helps your short putt stroke and does wonders for concentration and determination. It makes you really want to hole out each time as you know you must start all over again if one fails to drop.
BLIND MAN'S PUTT
With roughly 1O balls, aim to a hole free area. Take one ball at a time and try to stroke it to a point about 25 feet away. Don't look up between shots. Just roll the next ball and repeat your stroke. Try to keep everything the same - the line, rhythm and strength.
The idea is to keep all the balls in as tight a group as possible. Only after the last ball is well on it's way do you look up. Do the drill from longer and longer distances.
This drill is better than putting with your eyes closed since you can still concentrate on your stroke and your ball striking is more consistent.
Lesson 1: By PoGo
Lesson 2: Sloping putts
Lesson 3: Putting on two tiers
Lesson 4: Plumb-bobbing
Lesson 5: Judging the grain