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What putting drills do you practice while at home?

post #1 of 16
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I was just wondering what drills, if any, folks use to practice putting at home.  I've been thinking about buying some artificial turf to put in my basement for putting practice.  Has anyone else done this?  If so, what type of setup do you have, and what kind of drills do you do?

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 16

http://thesandtrap.com/b/training/build_your_own_8_x_8_indoor_putting_green_cheaply

 

Erik made one ;)

 

It at least list the website were they got their turf. 

post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by paddlefoot View Post
 

I was just wondering what drills, if any, folks use to practice putting at home.  I've been thinking about buying some artificial turf to put in my basement for putting practice.  Has anyone else done this?  If so, what type of setup do you have, and what kind of drills do you do?

 

Thanks in advance!

 

I sort of stumbled on my practice routine by accident. There is an oriental rug in the living room with lines on it. I was trying to roll the ball down the line one night while watching TV and it had about an inch of break to the left. I thought nothing of it because it's an old house and likely not level.

 

My wife came through about that time and I told her to putt one down the line. I told her it had about an inch of break.

 

She rolled 2 or 3 balls down the line and not one of them had any break. Then a horrible thought occurred to me. She was simply making a better roll than I was.

 

After that I went to work rolling the ball down that line with a line around my ball trying to make sure the line on my ball never had any wobble as it rolled.

 

After many, many nights of practice I consider rolling the ball on my intended line the best part of my game. Now if I miss a putt it's almost always a bad read and almost never a bad roll or starting it off of my line.

 

Now if I can only develop enough common sense to quit over-reading the break. :doh::doh:

 

Probably over 90% of my misses are on the high side. Of course part of that is that I HATE to miss on the low side. Nothing worse than putting the ball and knowing it's low and not even getting the thrill of rooting for it.

post #4 of 16

I putt 25 footers on carpet for about 35 balls.  I use a laser (bought from Home Depot) to line up the ball to target. 

 

I used to practice lag putt/distance control, putting one ball littler further than the previous one for 7 or 8 straight balls.

 

I practice 10 footer on kitchen floor for touch.

 

I practice correct swing path by placing two large books and putting through.

 

From golf fix, I practice putting two balls side by side at the same time.

 

There's a lot you can do.

post #5 of 16
At the edge of my den is a low threshold molding where the den carpet meets the foyer hardwood. I try to put 12-15 footers to a spot on the threshold so that they touch or roll up it without enough juice to get over it.
post #6 of 16

I practice 3 and 4-footers. My target is a rubber jar opener that I cut to a 4-1/4" circle.

 

There is enough room to practice up to twelve feet, so I practice from different distances within that limit to always leave the ball a foot past the hole.

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At the edge of my den is a low threshold molding where the den carpet meets the foyer hardwood. I try to put 12-15 footers to a spot on the threshold so that they touch or roll up it without enough juice to get over it.

I used to do something just like this, but stopped. It seemed to me that I was training myself to keep the ball just short of my target.
post #8 of 16

I never practice...LOL

 

 

I prefer to play!

post #9 of 16

I have a cheapo 7' roll out putting green with the plastic ball return piece (I plan on replacing this next year).  The main drill I do is this: 

 

I putt three balls from 2 feet out.  If I miss one I finish putting the remaining balls then start over until I make all three in a row.  I then move to 5 feet and repeat the process.  After 5 feet I move to 7 feet.  I came up with this drill to help keep me calm over key putts.

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Originally Posted by MS256 View Post

I sort of stumbled on my practice routine by accident. There is an oriental rug in the living room with lines on it. I was trying to roll the ball down the line one night while watching TV and it had about an inch of break to the left. I thought nothing of it because it's an old house and likely not level. My wife came through about that time and I told her to putt one down the line. I told her it had about an inch of break. She rolled 2 or 3 balls down the line and not one of them had any break. Then a horrible thought occurred to me. She was simply making a better roll than I was.  After that I went to work rolling the ball down that line with a line around my ball trying to make sure the line on my ball never had any wobble as it rolled.

 

I have a very similar story.  In our old house we had a plaid game room carpet with a low carpet pile, which seemed to have a perfect speed for the courses that I play.  The plaid lines promoted a smooth straight roll off of the club face.  I loved it, and my putting showed results on the course.

 

After we moved my wife would not allow me to have plaid carpeting.  I know that my putting has suffered because of it, mostly on the shorter putts.

 

post #11 of 16
Stuck inside and need some putting drills. What are you guys' favorites?
post #12 of 16
Disrance control drill to random targets of different length, never the same twice in a row.
post #13 of 16

I drop a coin down, walk 10 feet back and then practice trying to get a ball to either roll over the coin OR to stop near it. What helps is that the lounge floor has breaks in it so its not a truly flat surface so adds a little extra to the practice. Consequently my putting over the last month has improved immensely.

 

Regards

 

Mailman

post #14 of 16

I have 20+ putters in my basement. I will then have "putt-offs" with some of them from various distances.

post #15 of 16
I use the coin drill too. Helps my distance control a lot I also try to locate a simple on the middle of the ball to match the spot on the ground that I can roll the ball too
post #16 of 16
I used to have a 9 foot practice green with holes in the far end. The dog ate the cupholes cause it liked the foam at the cup end. I bought another one. I couldnt see wasting the old one so I overlapped them and razor cut them together, removing the doggy chewed end. I duct taped them together underneath and have a 16 ft practice area to knock around on.
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