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Golf Practice Drill #21: The Circle Putting Drill

Golf Practice Drill #21 – The Circle Putting Drill

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Okay, now let’s get into today’s golf practice drill which we call The Circle Putting Drill.

How to Setup the Circle Putting Drill

  1. You’ll need to find a hole on the practice green to putt to
  2. Bring 5 tees or ball markers with you along with 5 golf balls and your putter
  3. Using your putter, measure one putter length away from the hole (about 3 feet) and place a ball marker on the ground to mark the first putt
  4. Repeat this going around the hole in a circle, marking off 5 different putts from different angles around the hole
  5. These 5 ball markers should now form a circle around the hole from one putter length
  6. Set a golf ball down at each ball marker

How to Perform the Circle Putting Drill

Pick one of the locations you marked around the hole to start this golf practice drill from. Read the putt like normal, trying to determine if there will be any break in the putt.

Setup to the putt and take a practice stroke to work on speed and tempo for hitting this short range 3 foot putt. If you miss, you don’t want the ball rolling way beyond the hole, leaving a long putt coming back.

Set the putter behind the golf ball, take your stance, look down at the golf ball, and stroke the putt.

If you make the putt, move on to the next putt by rotating clockwise around the hole.

If you miss the putt, go get the ball and bring it back to the marker. Retry again, trying to sink the putt until you make it.

After you successfully make all putts from all 5 locations around the hole, you’ve completed the Circle Putting Drill.

Variations of the Circle Putting Drill

To make this golf practice drill more challenging, you can try the variations for it.

The first way to change up this putting drill is to rotate counter clock-wise instead of clockwise. So once you sink the putt from one of the ball markers, move to your right and go around the circle in a counter clockwise method.

Another variation for this golf drill is to make it so you have to sink all 5 putts in a row. If you miss a putt at any location around the hole, you have to restart at the beginning going back to the very first location you began the golf drill at.

And finally, the last way to vary this golf practice drill is to change up the distance you putt from. In the instructions above, we started you just one putter length away from the hole which is about 3 feet. But you can bring a tape measure with you and measure off putts from 4 feet, 5 feet, 6 feet, 7 feet, etc. to set up the Circle Putting Drill.

Overall, this golf practice drill is effective at making you a better putter and helping you lower your golf scores overall. Be sure to follow our YouTube Channel for video lessons, swing tips, and more golf drills.

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