We have all experienced making tons of 3-foot putts on the practice green and then missing 3-foot putts to save par and beat our buddies on the weekend or finish well in a golf tournament.
Most people who work on their putting practice by repetition, meaning they take a handful of balls out of their bag and putt all of the balls to different holes.
It is beneficial to rehearse your stroke but it is even more meaningful to practice with some pressure.
In order to practice pressure putting, follow these tips:
• Play holes on the putting green. Pick different holes and play just one ball for a score. Attempt to better that score each time you practice.
• Practice putting with a friend and always play for something - maybe the loser pays for a milkshake or another beverage of choice.
• Make 10 putts in a row from 3 feet away. Increase this number as you see fit. You will feel pressure on the last couple putts when you do this drill.
• Do your normal putting practice but utilize your pre-shot routine on each and every putt. A proper routine should include reading the green, a practice stroke, aligning yourself and a deep breath. This will help you rehearse for the course.
Work on some of these putting exercises the next time you’re on the practice green and your pressure putting will improve greatly.
For more tips from Golf Channel to help you with your practice routines, click here.