Use Your Practice Putting Time Wisely

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

17 Responses to “Use Your Practice Putting Time Wisely”

  1. July 15, 2013


    This is good stuff and I would add to do a complete reset including grip and position again because when we are playing, we don’t putt from the same spot twice. This would allow to fix a wrong setup we might have.

  2. July 15, 2013


    Thanks Paul for this putting tip.
    I played a round recently on my home course and failed repeatedly to get the ball up to the hole. My previous round was played on a course where the greens were much faster than my home course, and I just accepted the fact and used it as an “excuse” for my poor putting on the day and assumed that I would re-adjust to my normal “feel” on my next round, which it did I am pleased to say.
    However with the knowledge of today’s tip in mind I could have saved my round.
    I have found your recent putting tips very helpful.
    Thanks once again Paul.

    • Alan,

      Glad you liked the the putting tips A few more to come in the next few days. Important part of the game.

  3. As Jose said wisely in his comment above ,you never put twice from the same place in the game .Therefore I feel strongly that every “practise “put should be made from a different place on the green (Or on your practise carpet as I do at home ,I put up to 25 feet ,alternating short and long puts ).
    Also practising with the two eyes closed is a great way to acquire the proper feel for distance (I never look to where I take the putter back on my backstroke ,I just think of the hole ,I don’t want “mechanics” to come in the way )

    • Raymond,

      The great majority of people putt from the same spot. The great majority of people keep hitting the same bad putts from the same spot. Hitting putts from different areas is a great idea. Not sure about the eyes closed. I’ve never done it.

  4. Paul ,I can’t access your Server for THE lesson on draws and fades :it says “SERVER OVERLOADED .TRY LATER ”
    but later it’s Still not accessible .
    My question is :I play all THE shots of THE game ,uphill lie ,downhill lie ,side slopes ,hitting from dirt or pine needles ,but I cannot acheive a single draw or a single fade ,despite following THE classical instruction(Draw:closed stance.Club face oriented to,target .Swing around THE body ,etc..)
    All my shots are dead straight :so when I am behind a tree ,I have to recenter and lose a shot .
    What CAN you do for me !
    Also ,CAN you show THE left handed stroke when you are against an obstruction and cannot swing right handed ?

    • Raymond,

      Until I get this server thing sorted out the “overloaded” message will keep appearing. If it does stop what you are doing for a few minutes. The site crashed again tonight so I am going to have to shut the whole thing down for a few days.

      To draw or fade just do your normal setup. The close the face severely and hit a shot. If you do it will hook. Opposite with the face open. Get used to hitting these 2 shots. Once you are used to them aim your body right or left. This is all you should be doing to hit these shots. You are doing your setup then swinging down the line with the face square. If you aim right or left you NEED TO SWING right or left. So do it from square first. Then alter the stance. I will do a tip on it.

      In the meantime here you go:

  5. A question ,Paul :I never practise on THE Driving Range I find it boring and I much prefer going out playing on THE course .:THE only practise I do is without any ball at home in my garden with alignment rods ,a mirror ,and THE swing Speed Radar .Also short game in my basement ,chipping and putting .
    This may not be enough :so I am considering purchasing a practise net ,perhaps a ROTANET which folds neatly to stow it away
    Does hitting balls into a net contribute or not to your improvement ?
    You don’t see THE flight of THE ball ,so you miss THE FEEd back !
    What’ s your opinion on THE subject

    • Raymond,

      Hitting into a net is fine if you are doing practice swings working on your positions as well. You are doing this so I don’t see a problem with it. Why not just go to the range and hit balls? If you are bored put some earphones in and listen to music. You do what you need to do but if you are working on distance I would think you have to start hitting some actual golf balls for a while.

      I like this net too:

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    September 15, 2013


    I would like to be fitted for a putter, but there is so much advertisement about it. Which one to choose? I would prefer a fitting on real grass rather than an artificial surface. I have never met a great fitter that really knows this area of club making. Email me any recommendations?

    • September 15, 2013

      Paul Wilson


      Just call any better golf course in your area and talk to the pros. They will know who the best fitter in your area is. Make sure you try them out and you like the look of it as well as the feel. Also, check the grip to see that it is on square. Even new putters have faulty grip placement sometimes.

  7. June 1, 2014


    Hi Paul,

    My hands are a little shaky when I’m stroking especially on short and soft putts (less than 1m). I try to be relaxed to make it soft but in the down stroke I can see how the face of the putter rotates back and forward making difficult to have the face squared, of course most of the times the ball goes elsewhere although with the right speed.

    On longer putts, my grip is firmer, stroking speed is higher and I’m more accurate.

    Should I use a firmer grip and short/faster strokes on short putts?

  8. August 7, 2014


    Paul u used to have a video where you said if i’m not breaking par is because i’m not doing the right moves and you were showing a student progress could you help me find it thanks

    • August 7, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Not sure about that tip. It would be if you are not shooting in the mid 70’s you would not have the right fundamentals. Even then you can do a lot of things wrongs and shoot mid 70’s if you have a wicked short game. If I come across this one I will let you know otherwise just keep working on the swing positions.

  9. Paul,
    There are several distinct aspects in getting to be a good or excellent putter
    One is to develop a consistent automated putting stroke and master exactly the distance you want to roll the ball
    The other one is to learn to read greens .This last one is the most difficult .
    I’ve tried the AIM POINT(JUSTIN ROSE ) technique ,but it didn’t satisfy me .
    The most useful tips I know are :walking along the line and using your feet to gauge the slopes ,squat behind the ball and “see” the line cm per cm you want your ball to roll on ,look closely just around the hole where your ball will be the most affected by the terrain .
    Do you have any more good advice t give me?

    • Raymond,

      I was a phenomenal putter. Practice long putts and short putts under pressure. You need to be target oriented never thinking about your stroke. Palm or back of the lead hand to the hole. Then practice … a lot. Oh yeah, you need to know the percentages you will miss or make and die the ball in the hole.

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