The putter is the most used golf club in the golf bag and probably least practiced.
When you tee it up for a round of golf, the goal is always to have fun no matter what you shoot for a score. I learned a long time ago if I can become a better putter I can usually have better scores. I remember someone told me when I was teaching in Pebble Beach that putting is 60 percent of the strokes on the score card.
I started thinking about it and broke it down a little and they were right. Most golf courses have a par of 72. Most golfers who play this wonderful game on the weekends won’t shoot par like the pros do on TV but let’s say you did on a day where all the planets were aligned. If you hit two putts per green times 18 holes, you hit 36 putts, which happens to be half of par 72 ... and that’s not even counting hitting the driver, my irons or any other clubs. Reality is most golfers hit a lot more putts than that, so I have a great drill that will make you a better putter, thereby giving you more confidence. I call it my three foot drill.
Head over to the practice putting green at your local golf course, get about 20 practice balls and place them around the hole with a three foot diameter circle around the hole. Practice putting the balls in the hole, working your way around the circle. You will make some and miss some, but doing this over and over, hitting most of them in the hole, will make you a better putter and build your confidence. Remember a three foot putt is one stroke, just like that 200 yard drive is one stroke. Putting is the most important part of the game, so have fun.

Ben Alexander is a PGA teaching professional who formerly taught in Pebble Beach Calif. and now teaches golf lessons at Lake Shastina Golf Course. He was awarded the PGA Teacher of the Year twice and also nominated for National PGA Teacher of the Year. To contact Ben call (831) 277-9001.