Beyond Billiards: Improve Your Putt in Colder Weather

Temperatures are dropping but that doesn’t mean you have to put your putter away for the season. In fact, it’s a great time to practice with indoor surfaces. Check out some of these favorite putting drills to make sure you stay on top of your game, no matter the weather.

  • Brandt Snedeker’s One Handed Drill: Put your left hand on your right bicep and only hit the putts with your right arm. This makes you flex your wrist to get enough power. Your left hand ensures your right elbow doesn’t wing out, moving the putterhead straight down the line to contact the ball in a neutral position. (More details at here).
  • The Clock Drill: Place three balls at increasing distances around the hole at the 12, three, six and nine clock positions and try to make all twelve in a row. If you miss, you have to go back to start.
  • Tiger Woods’ Gate Drill: Put two tees in the ground just outside the heel and toe to form a “gate” for the putterhead (you can also use other stationary objects to create the gate). To make sure you’re moving the putterhead straight back and through, place the tees close together so if it veers off line even a hair, it’ll hit one of the tees. Draw a line across the middle of the ball to use as an alignment aid, it also reminds you to keep your head still until the ball is moving.
    • Bonus move: Tiger alternates hitting 12 putts with just his right hand, then six with both hands until he makes a set number in a row. If you miss—start over.

For more details on these drills and others, check out these handy resources:

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