Putting Tips to Shrink the Target

There are tons of good tips. I am always looking for good putting tips, but I’m also always searching for leverage. Simply, I’m looking for a single idea or technique that will improve all aspects of the game.

Shrink The Hole

As part of my pre-round putting routine, I must make 10 putts from 1, 2, and 3 feet. However, making those putts doesn’t mean that I’m hitting the ball exactly where I want it to go. The hole is 4-1/4 inches wide. The ball is less than 1-3/4 inches in diameter. With that big a difference, there’s a lot of room for error on short putts, but not so much on longer putts..

There is a way to get more precise. A very useful drill. Take two tees and stick them in the green three to four feet away. Place them at a distance of about 1-1/2 balls apart. The distance will be less than 3 inches instead of the 4-1/4 inches of the hole. Now it’s time to putt the ball through those tees.

You need to be a lot more precise than when just aiming at the hole. Putting Drills of this type will force you to be more accurate and precise and strike the ball toward your selected target or path.

You can use this putting technique to make the target smaller on the course too. If you can see any white in the hole, pick a spot and aim for that, not at the entire hole. In your mind, see the ball hitting that white spot. If you are too far away to see any white, then aiming for the hole will work okay.

Straight Putting Stroke or a Square Putter Head?

If you can’t hit short targets, and you think your stroke is straight and smooth, your putter head is probably not square at impact. For more disccusion on the line and a square putter head, see Putting Tips – The Line and The Square Head.


Being more accurate with your putts will help you make more short putts and start a better line on longer putts. Practice these putting tips to be more accurate.

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