The ladder drill is my favorite golf drill and one that is used quite often to help golfers become more consistent on the putting greens. The ladder drill consists of playing with a golf ball just about a foot from the pin and then putting more golf balls at 2 ft, 3 ft, 4ft, etc.
The idea is to make the shortest putt and then continue to the longest putt.
However, when I use the ladder drill for lag putting, I start at around 15 or even 20 feet and put the golf balls in a line back every two feet or so.
The ladder drill also will help you promote a shorter backstroke and full follow through because the golf balls are placed roughly 12 inches apart.
Measuring Tape Drill
The measuring tape drill can be done in several ways, as this is one of the more versatile practice drills. The bottom line with the measuring tape drill is that you will learn to analyze the length of a putt and the type of backswing you need to take.
Do you know what a 20-foot putt looks like?
When you set up a measuring tape on the putting green, you will notice that it’s much easier to judge putt distance. Practicing this drill helps with both green speeds and putter stroke length.
Feel The Speed Drill
Have you ever tried to practice putting without a golf club in your hand?
For the average amateur golfer, understanding speed and break in a long putt is quite a bit to figure out.
Sometimes it helps to go to a putting green, grab a few balls, and roll them toward the hole; with your hand.
Watch how the ball breaks, and then think about how much force it took to get the ball to the hole. This will help with your “feel” around the green.
When you put your putter back in your hand, you will have a better idea if a shot needs extra speed, more break, etc. Apply the proper swing m
echanics to a golfer with a great natural feel, and the results will be impressive.
Manilla Folder Drill
Sometimes golfers get stuck focusing on the golf hole a little too much. Bring a manilla folder next time you head to the putting green. Start with three or four golf balls, about 20 to 25 feet away.
Lay the manila folder out flat on the green, and try to get the ball to land on the folder. After you master that, move to the 30-foot range, etc. We love this drill because it teaches casual golfers and those with a lower golf handicap how to putt to a spot.
This drill does wonders for your confidence as you become more comfortable hitting putts a specific distance which will help you two putt more often, and help eliminate the dreaded 3 putts that quickly will kill your round.
Tee Time Drill
Make a 3-foot circle around a hole on a putting green. The goal of lag putting is to get the ball within this circle of tees. If you can do this 9/10 times, you will make very few three putts on the golf course.
Higher handicap players may start with a four-foot circle, and lower handicap players may make a 2-foot circle around the hole.
This drill is called the tee time drill because it is a great way to get the feel and speed of the break prior to teeing off, but it also has a great impact on your confidence level.
If you are 15 minutes from your tee time, and you start this drill, in roughly 5 minutes you can practice 20, 30 or even 40 3 or 4 foot putts before you step foot on the course. I guarantee on every round, you will be faced with a putt of this distance. There is no better way to prepare for those knee-knocking 3 and 4 footers than by using the tee time drill.
You may also want to incorporate this into your regular practice routine. There is no better time spent in the game of golf than on your short game and putting. This drill when done consistently will make you a more confident, and in return, better putter.