Originally Posted by paddlefoot
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.
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.