Golf Practice Advice: Head to the Green with Only One Ball
If you have spent any time on a practice putting green at your local golf course, you have probably seen plenty of golfers standing around the green using a whole handful of golf balls to work on their stroke. They will just stand in the same spot and hit the same putt time after time, for seemingly hours on end. Is this the best way to practice putting? You might think so, just based on how many people are doing it. However, there is a better way, and you will benefit if you try it out.
Instead of using a bunch of golf balls when you practice putting, try using just one instead. The benefits of this method include the following –
When you have a bunch of golf balls in front of you to putt, the tendency is to rush through them and just fire them off as quickly as possible. When you are only using one ball, you will feel more like you are on the golf course, and you will be more inclined to take your time and give each putt your full attention. Rushing is never a good thing in golf, and that includes your putting practice.
Move around the green.
No two putts are exactly the same, so why stand in the same spot and hit putt after putt? By using just one ball, you will be more likely to move around the putting green as you practice. Try hitting long putts and then the short putts that you have left after the lag. This is more like what you will be doing on the golf course anyway, so it only makes sense to bring that scenario onto the practice green.
Take your practice putting seriously and think about the putts you hit as being just as important as the ones you hit out on the course. Putting is more a mental challenge than it is a physical one, so prepare your mind for the challenge that you will face on the course by replicating during practice. Build up each putt by taking the time to read it and really work on picking out an exact line. If you are able to hit that line and knock the putt it, your confidence will go up a little bit right then and there. When you do get back out on the course, the confidence you found will go a long way.