DRILL – How To Make Short Putts

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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+

29 Responses to “DRILL – How To Make Short Putts”

  1. June 8, 2012


    Kinda the same thought process as the golf swing – swing through not at the ball. I find that whenever am focusing on swinging from point A to point B, my putting stroke also improve.
    Your tips ( lessons) are absolutely the best.
    Mark K

  2. Because of back problems I have gone to a 48 inch broomstick putter…..do all the putting tips apply?

  3. Paul the short putts I have problems with are the downhill ones. What are your tips on those? Especially the ones with a little break.

    Peter & Anita

    • Downhill putts are tricky. Most people play them by hitting them on the toe. In doing so it stops you from hitting it too hard. Give this a try.

  4. August 18, 2012


    This one really works I put it into practise today my playing partners usually cringe when I miss the short ones. Always tried to follow through ( I thought ) now I exaggerate this and the effects are brill. Many thanks,

  5. I looked at this the other night, practiced it in my lounge seemed to work alright,club day next day few putts 2 to 3,4 feet out to save par worked great saved a good round even a tricky right to left downhill putt.At the time it felt awkward carrying the putter head toward the cup,I thought I might blow it pass or even double tap but I remembered your instructions and the ball dropped,round of the day awesome! Thanks Paul.

    • Colin,

      This is huge. You must follow through with your putts. I remember many years ago Tiger was not follow through for a few weeks and he was not putting well. As soon as he got the follow through back he was back in fine form again. You will never forget to do this now.

  6. June 25, 2013


    Hi Paul,

    I’ve been practising this and the long putts using your tips with great success, however I’m still uncomfortable with my 2 to 3 meters putts which are long, short and mainly off the line. A tip on these would be much appreciated! By the way I think it might be your first putting tip for 2013

    • Jose,

      The tip is to keep hitting long and short putts. If you can get a 50 footer within 3 feet you will be great from 2 – 3 metres. Keep practicing. Focus. And when you are this length ask yourself how much energy would it take you to hit the ball this far. Right now you are trying to make everything. Once you knock it 5 feet past you start to baby it. Focus on the target. Focus on the energy it takes to throw it to the target. Forget about making it.

  7. March 23, 2015


    Great tip Paul. I had a terrible round on Saturday – missed 3 2 foot putts. I consistently pulled them to the left and short. I guess this is because of deceleration
    All the best

  8. September 8, 2015


    Yup, this one is awesome. Put it to the practice mat in the living room and got thr confidence back. Looking forward to the practice round tomorrow to ingrain even more. Has been a bain for me for years to get the yips and my buddies know it. Look forward to winnng more skins from them soon. :). Thanks again, Paul.

    • September 9, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      The yips are cause because you are trying to hit the ball. Think beyond the ball. Once you do you won’t yip it.

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    September 12, 2015


    Paul, I don’t where I read it, but it said to go back and then it’s like pushing the ball instead of hitting it. In my golf club, the greens are wickedly fast, like putting on marble. At 15 ft., I putt the ball on the toe of my club head, and it works very well. On down hill putts or a close putt, I’ll putt the ball near the heal of my club head. Because of you, I am having a lot more fun golfing.

    • September 13, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      That’s is a great way to hit short putts on slick greens. I love fast greens but you do have to get used to them.

  10. September 16, 2015


    I’m assuming this drill is for the practice green since the pin would not normally be in the hole when your putting from that distance

    • September 16, 2015

      Paul Wilson


      Yes, I mentioned this in the tip. You do it 25 times on the practice green before you play.

  11. December 10, 2015


    Hi Paul,

    I tend to decelerate more often when there is a break in a short put. I am sure that it is driven by lack of confidence. Any ideas?


  12. Paul,Excellent tip,as usual

  13. Paul, Hi Steve here. Starting to devote time to practice, and golf is starting to be fun again. I am shooting mid 90’s, I am 55 and have mild arthritis. Never have been long off the tee. I feel my biggest problem is sliding my hips, and not getting my L hip to lock and turn. I am L handed but play golf R handed. I do feel your level of Instruction is constructive and makes sense.
    By simply focusing on the follow thru, I have stopped coming “over the top”. I am going to work the L to L drill, and please advise how I can reduce the sliding.
    Thanks, Steve

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