Best Putting Tips to Lower Your Putts Per Round

If you’re looking for putting tips that will help you lower your golf score by lowering your number of putts per round, then this guide is for you.

I studied and experimented with many different putting drills and tips as I learned them to see how I could improve my mid 70’s golf scores and ultimately reach scratch golf.

Putting was the area I knew could lower my golf handicap and help me achieve my dream goal of being a scratch golfer.

Today, I’m excited to share these crucial putting tips that will help you become a smarter putter. Putting is just as much mental as it is skill. Keep these putting tips in mind to play smart course strategy on the golf course.

#1: Dirty vs Clean Golf Balls When Putting

Did you know, having a dirty golf ball can affect your putting?

It’s been proven that the dirt and grime on the golf ball effects the way it rolls across the putting green. It can cause the ball to not roll as far, coming up short of the hole, forcing you to hit the putt with more speed than normal to compensate.

Therefore, you should remember to clean your golf ball after you mark the ball and pick it up. Or change to a clean golf ball if you have a second golf ball in your pocket already.

This will take away the variable of dirt or debris on the ball from affecting the roll and speed of the putt.

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#2: Take Time to Read the Green from All 4 Sides

Every golf green has a North, South, East, and West side to it. But most golfers never read the green from all 4 of these sides around the green to see their putt from a variety of angles.

Instead, most golfers mark their putt and stand behind their ball, reading the green from just that side of the green.

Take time to walk around the exterior of the green viewing the putt from all different angles. Do this will help you learn how much slope the green has, which will affect the speed of the putt.

You’ll also notice how severe the break of the putt is by viewing it from different angles. More information can be beneficial to strategizing how you’ll hit your putt so you factor things in you might not have seen otherwise.

#3: Speed Matters More than Line

If you want to hole more putts on the green, work hard on improving your putting speed control skills. Hitting putts with the right speed is more important than picking the right line to putt on to the hole.

I recently did an experiment one morning when the green was covered in wet dew still.

Standing about 20 feet from a hole, I hit different putts and watched the balls roll to the hole leaving behind a tracer line in the dew.

Each putt was hit on a different line to the hole, but the result was the same when they went into the hole.

This experiment showed me that you can putt on different lines and if the speed is right, the putt will result in the ball finding the hole.

Keep this rule of thumb in mind when hitting long distance putts and short distance putts. Get the speed right and you’ll make more putts more often.

Focus on speed control at practice more than worrying about perfecting your aim and line to the hole.

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#4: Reduce Pushed and Pulled Putts Frequency

Do you find yourself saying “Dang, I pushed that putt” or “I pulled that putt on accident” all too often?

If so, you need to spend more time perfecting your putting stroke motion to keep a square face at impact that strikes the putt on its intended line.

There are numerous putting path drills you can find in our Foy Golf Academy video library that will help you work on swinging the putter straightforward, so you don’t push putts right or pull putts left.

A simple putting drill is to place to books about a putter head width apart and swing the putter between the path you made between the books. This forces you to swing on a straight path to avoid bumping into either of the two books on each side.

#5: Pay Attention to Your Competitor’s Putts

You can learn a lot about how a green is rolling, both speed wise as well as the direction of breaks and slopes, by watching your partners and competitors’ putt.

Seeing how their putts rolled across a green may unlock insight about how to play your putt when it’s your turn.

If you’re fortunate enough to have another player putting on the same line as you, then take advantage of watching how their putt rolls so you can see what your putt is going to do.

It sounds like simple advice, but you’d be shocked how many golfers are distracted or looking down at the ground instead of watching their competitors’ putts.

#6: Don’t Leave Downhill Putts Short

If you’re facing a downhill putt, it can be intimidating when it comes to speed control. You’ll find yourself worried about hitting the putt too hard, causing it to roll way past the hole thanks to gravity making the putt faster downhill than an uphill putt.

This fear causes many golfers to play the downhill putt too short without enough speed. They end up leaving the putt short of the hole more times than not.

Now you’ll face a second downhill putt and it’s not much easier on you mentally trying to make a pressure downhill putt to avoid a 3-putt.

Instead, you should focus on hitting the first putt with enough speed to finish past the hole, so that worst case, you have an uphill putt coming back. An uphill putt will be much easier to finish your 2-putt.

Playing with this mindset of speed control also gives the putt a chance to actually go in on the first putt and lower your average putts per round!

You can’t make a 1-putt if you’re short. Hit it!

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#7: Chip It Closer

If you want to lower your putts per round and lower your golf scores, then find time to practice your chipping.

The average golfer misses the green on their approach shot quite often, hitting few greens in regulation per round. This means for the majority of the holes on a golf course, you’re hitting a chip shot onto the green to try and save your par or bogey.

Hitting chip shots closer to the hole, can reduce the average length of putt you have remaining to save your par. This increases your odds of 1-putting.

Aim to chip the ball within 3 feet of the hole to give yourself a high percentage chance of 1-putting. As putts get further away from the hole, the chance of making them drops significantly for amateur golfers.

Chipping to 6 feet might lead to a 50% chance of making the putt, while chipping to 3 feet might have an 80% chance.

Also consider where you want to putt from and try to get the chip shot to finish near that desired location. For example, find the uphill and downhill sides of the hole.

Try to chip it so the ball finishes on the side of the hole that will leave you with an uphill putt. Uphill putts are easier to hole out than downhill putts.

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#8: Work On Putting Drills that Target Weaknesses

As you play more golf, you’ll learn your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll discover tendencies and you’ll gather mental data about your golf game.

Take this information and find putting drills that solve the problems and weaknesses in your game.

For example, if you struggle with 4-foot putts, then spend a few hours hitting hundreds of 4-foot putts until you get confident you can make them at a high percentage.

If you struggle with putts that break left to right, then find putts with this type of break and work on them.

If your 2 putting percentage decreases when you’re 50 feet away from the hole as compared to when you’re 30 feet from the hole, then spend more time doing lag putting drills from 50 feet to get comfortable with this distance.

Track data and learn what you need to work on!

#9: Hit Approach Shots Closer from Key Distances

If you’re a long driver of the golf ball off the tee box, then you’re going to face a wedge shot into the green on your approach shots on most holes on a golf course.

If you have a wedge in your hand, you most definitely should be hitting greens in regulation and having birdie putt opportunities.

Spend time practicing your wedge shots from key distances like 50 yards, 75 yards, 100 yards, and 125 yards so you can improve the proximity to the hole statistic.

In other words, if you’re hitting a 50-yard wedge shot, you should be getting the ball to land within 10 feet of the hole. This will give you better odds of making a 1-putt birdie attempt and lowering your average total putts per round.

If you’re hitting from 125 yards, you should aim to get the shot within 15 to 20 feet of the hole or less.

Spend time at the range and on the golf course hitting shots from these key distances to improve your skill at getting these shots closer to the pin.

This will shorten the putting distance you have to the hole.

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