Box Drill: Putting Speed Control

Controlling your putting speed is crucial to getting the ball to break properly and finish in the hole. On missed putts, you still need the ball to stay close to the hole so you can finish with an easy, short tap in putt.

Therefore, you should spend at least half of your practice time working on putting and during your putting practice sessions you should spend at least half of the time on distance / speed control drills to build feel on the greens.

The box drill is effective at building your distance control skills and should be practiced a few times per week to see consistency start to develop in your short game.

How to Set Up the Box Drill:

  1. In this drill you’ll create an imaginary rectangle box using 4 tees. Measure the box 3 feet wide and about 1.5 feet deep with your 4 tees marking the edges of the box.
  2. Now measure a putt 6 feet away from the center of this box. Hit 3 putts trying to get all 3 inside the box. If you mishit any too short or that roll beyond the box limits, start over.
  3. Once you successfully get all 3 inside the box, you’ve mastered speed control for that distance so move on to the next distance further back.
  4. This drill should be done from 6 feet, 9 feet, 12 feet, 15 feet, 18 feet, 21 feet, 24 feet, and 30 feet.
  5. You can also continue on measuring back in 3 feet increments to 60 feet if you’d like to work on many more distances for speed control.

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Other Recommended Putting Drills:

Here are additional golf drills to help your short game skills improve and lower your golf scores consistently:

  1. Tiger Wood’s Double Gate Putting Drill
  2. Jordan Spieth’s Stare at the Cup Practice Drill
  3. Golf Putting Drills Routine for Speed Control
  4. 5 Best Putting Drills to Practice Like the Pro’s

Golf Practice Plans:

Try our step by step golf training plans that give you daily practice routines to complete. Each practice routine has putting drills, chipping drills, and golf swing drills for the driving range. Learn more about each.