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Putting Practice Aid Recommendations?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hello Everyone,

 

My short game is really struggling, does anyone have any putting practice aid recommendations? Preferably something I can use in the office or at home. 

 

Thank you for your suggestions.

post #2 of 12

@golflovin ,

 

Welcome to the site.  Is you issue with speed control or direction?  At home, I mostly just work on direction, starting my putt on my intended line.  If you have a flat rug, practice putts from 1 to 5 feet.  I use a second ball as the target.  I set it up 1 foot away and putt the other ball to hit the target ball dead center.  I move that to 2 feet, 3 feet etc.  

 

This removes one variable in putting, start the putt on your intended line.  Speed control is harder to do at home.  I work on that at a practice green.

post #3 of 12
String. Best putting aid ever evented. Stretch it between two knitting needles (above your ball) to practice starting and keeping it on line.

Lay it flat perpendicular to your line and practice putting to it and getting it to stop on the string to practice distance control.

Get those two things down and you'll improve dramatically.

Take an Aimpoint class to remove the mystery of reading greens.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the advice guys,

 

@boogielicious My swing just isn't consistent. I tend to decelerate through my swing and hit the ball open or closed. 

 

I'm definitely going to try the "string"

 

@Ernest Jones Do you have a website for the "string" putting aid? 

 

My family bought me something called one less putt? It's an egg shaped putting aid, Ill put some practice into it and see if there is any improvement.

 

 

~Lovin

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by golflovin View Post

Thank you for the advice guys,

@boogielicious
 My swing just isn't consistent. I tend to decelerate through my swing and hit the ball open or closed. 

I'm definitely going to try the "string"

@Ernest Jones
 Do you have a website for the "string" putting aid? 

My family bought me something called one less putt? It's an egg shaped putting aid, Ill put some practice into it and see if there is any improvement.


~Lovin
Umm...not sure if you're joking...by string I mean...string. The stretchy kind is best for suspending between knitting needles (or sticks or whatever) because it stays taut. For the distance practice any string will do, or you can lay down a club or flagstick but string's better because it generally won't stop the putts that are too fast. The reason you lay down string (or something) is so your not focused on "making" the putt, you're just working on distance control.

Another great distance control drill is "The Ladder", you can do it in your house on carpet. Putt a ball towards a wall so it stops way short of the wall and then putt another one that goes just a little past the first one. Now putt another one that goes just past the second one. Keep going and see how many you can putt before you touch the wall. This is my favorite distance drill because you need really good touch to get a lot of putts in, every putt you hit that goes further than intended leaves less room for the next one and every putt that is short makes you start again.
post #6 of 12

I used a small cut down 2 by 4.

 

Laid it up on the two inch side and held the heel of my putter against it , my toes against the other side and putted. Makes you use your shoulders and not your hands so much.

post #7 of 12
A really important thing for me was how far away or how close to my feet the putter head is at address, and makinging sure the head was bent to a loft and lie that supoorts this detail of my setup.

When I get the head to far out, I am inside the eyeline and come from the inside to outside in an arc. Through this upside down U shape, the ball placement becomes difficult, as only the tiniest portion of the stroke is to the targetline. Too forward and I am coming left through the ball and placement of the ball too far back means I am coming inside out. If I get the ball too close, I can swing a U shape, with the same but oopposite off line results

A putting mirror works wonders in looking at yourself over the ball
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the great advise!

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by trickyputt View Post

A really important thing for me was how far away or how close to my feet the putter head is at address, and makinging sure the head was bent to a loft and lie that supoorts this detail of my setup.

When I get the head to far out, I am inside the eyeline and come from the inside to outside in an arc. Through this upside down U shape, the ball placement becomes difficult, as only the tiniest portion of the stroke is to the targetline. Too forward and I am coming left through the ball and placement of the ball too far back means I am coming inside out. If I get the ball too close, I can swing a U shape, with the same but oopposite off line results

A putting mirror works wonders in looking at yourself over the ball

The mirror totally works!

 

I've been using the one less putt balls and I can see improvement in my short game. It really forces me to have a consistent stroke and because of the shape I can tell if I didn't hit the ball square. 

 

The website is onelessputt.com

 

Any recommendations for an indoor putting green?

post #10 of 12
15-20 feet long if you can. Mine is 18,two seamed together with duct tape. The one I would actually recommend I see on ebay...It leaves ball tracks so you can see if you are applying bad spin to the ball. You get a little grooming rake with it to smooth it back out.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by trickyputt View Post

15-20 feet long if you can. Mine is 18,two seamed together with duct tape. The one I would actually recommend I see on ebay...It leaves ball tracks so you can see if you are applying bad spin to the ball. You get a little grooming rake with it to smooth it back out.

Do you know the name of the green you bought that leaves the trail behind?

post #12 of 12
I didnt buy it, mine is across my tv room already but hang on I will find you the link.


A youtube of one..I gues they have different widths, I dont really know.
zen tracer golf putting mat:

The ebay link...this is 30 inches wide
http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item.view&id=131026122818&alt=web


Its out of Korea so freight is more than normal.
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