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Short Putts
The 3 Foot Putt

3 foot putts can be scary!Make All of Those Short Putts!

Want to see a grown man cry? Watch some of them miss 3 footers. Is there anything more aggravating in golf than playing a hole beautifully, just according to plan, and then missing the most simple shot of all. Or is it simple? It should be, right? Well, it has mostly to do with expectations. We expect ourselves to be able to perform better on smaller, shorter shots. It is these shots however, that require the most finesse, possibly the most analysis and the most control over our nerves.

As with many shots in golf, the 3 footer is subject to a lot of things outside our control. For one thing, with all putts you are dealing with a lot of inconsistency green to green at least on most courses. There are any number of bumps, blades of grass, footprints and spike marks that can sabotage you.

The 3 foot range is however considered a safety zone for the professional golfer. They will make upwards of 92-97% of all 3 footers (depending on whose stats you use). At 6 feet that drops nearly in half to just over 50%. Yikes!!! When the average golfer gets the ball up to 3 feet from the hole, he or she certainly wants to feel confident enough that this shot will be a sure thing. We want to help you gain the confidence of a touring pro on your short putts.

Being great at holing short putts simply requires time and practice. A confident stroke will get the ball through any bumps or irregularities in the greens and hole more putts. To be confident you have to put in the effort and practice drills that groove your path and help you make contact in the sweet spot and with a square face. Showing up on the practice greens with a few balls and just rolling putts from hole to hole is not the best use of your time in my opinion. Time should be spent doing drills that improve your stroke, touch, routine and vision.

The Situation:

You need to hole more short putts.

The Solution:

To become more proficient at short putts, put in more time practicing drills that will improve your accuracy. Drills that will help with this part of your putting game include among others:

  • Putt the Portal.
  • Close your eyes and listen for the putt to drop
  • Coin Drill
  • 2 Tees to Square it
  • The Clock Drill
Maria Palozola

Maria Palozola is a member of the LPGA and has participated in multiple LPGA Tour events. She has provided instruction to thousands of students in the past 20+ years and has won multiple teaching awards from the LPGA, Golf Digest, and Golf Magazine including being ranked as one of the top 50 female instructors in the world.

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