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Three practice drills to master your putting.

Putting is often considered the most important part of the game and mastering it can mean the difference between a good round and "could’ve been round".

Sadly, many golfers struggle with putting and are not sure how to practice effectively.

GETS Golf has selected three of our favourite putting drills which are sure to improve your game. The best putters on the PGA Tour are often seen in practice working on one or more of these drills.

1 - The Gate Drill

This drill is designed to help you with your aim and alignment. Place two tees in the ground about 30 centimetres in front of your ball about two balls wide, and an alignment stick on the ground parallel to your target line for foot and body alignment. The tees act as "gates" that you need to putt your ball through. Practice rolling putts through the gates, focusing on starting the ball on your intended line.

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2 - The Coin Drill

This drill is designed to help you with your distance control. Place a coin on the green, set yourself six feet away from the coin. Practice rolling putts to the coin, trying to get the ball to stop as close to the coin as possible. As you improve, you can increase the distance between yourself and the coin.

4 - The Break Drill

This drill is designed to help you with your green reading skills. Set up a series of putts working around the hole, this will create different breaks, place a tee in the ground to represent the high point of the putt. Focus on starting the ball on the correct line. Once you can control your speed by getting the ball to roll just past the hole if your initial read/line is incorrect you can move to tee in the ground. Good putting is a marriage between line and speed.

By focusing on these three key areas of putting, aim, speed control and green reading. With these drills you will become a more confident and skilled putter and lower your scores. Remember, practice with purpose, and focus on one area at a time, as you'll see improvement with time.

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