Learn two golf putting drills by the women’s world’s number 1, LYDIA KO, 25. Lydia Ko was the youngest tournament winner in LPGA history (at age 15). She has 23 wins, including two majors.
1. Roll the golf ball down a golf aim ruler to putt straight
Find a flat putt on the practice green and line up a ruler or something similar with the hole. Place the ball down toward the back of the ruler, and hit some putts, trying to keep the ball on the ruler (above) all the way to the end.
What’s happening if you can’t keep it on the ruler for very long? If it drops off to the left, the putter face is closing through impact (for righties). Conversely, if it drops off to the right, the face is opening. This drill is one of my favourites because it gives me instant feedback on my face control. You know if your putts are starting on the line you chose.
Tailor your grip to the length of putting distance
If you have a sharp eye, you might notice that I alternate between a conventional and lead-hand-low grip. I typically use the conventional grip on longer putts because it gives me a greater feel for the length and pace of the stroke needed to hit the ball the required distance.
The lead-hand-low grip gives me more face stability on shorter rolls that require a more precise stroke. In general, I putt with a lead-hand-low grip inside 15 feet and switch to the conventional grip outside of that. See if this strategy helps you with lags and holing the short ones.
2. Keep your putter steady and square faced on impact for accuracy
My other go-to drill is popular with a lot of tour players. Because this golf putting drill trains you to make contact with a square face, and start your putts on line. While helping you get a feel for the speed of the green.
Find a straight putt about six feet from the hole. Next, create a gate a little wider than your putter head on your start line with the ball on the other side of the gate. The goal is to swing the putter head through the gate and then strike the ball.
Keep practicing this golf putting drill and note what’s going on. If your putter hits either of the tees before striking the ball, you know you’re not delivering a square face to the ball. When you are hitting the golf ball with a glancing blow, the ball is starting off line. When you can miss the gate on command, you’re going to have a good day on the greens.
Lydia Ko LPGA golfer uses the Putting Arc.
- Age: 25
- Country: New Zealand
- College: None
- Worldwide professional victories: 23 (17 on LPGA Tour)
- Road to Pine Needles: Top 30 points leader on LPGA Tour’s 2021 Race to CME Globe; Winner of LPGA Tour-sanctioned event from 2021 U.S. Women’s Open to start of 2022 championship; Top 10 points leader in LPGA Tour’s 2022 Race to CME Globe as of April 6; Top 75 in Rolex Rankings as of April 6
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