Golf is a game that comprises of many aspects, but the one that stands alone is putting.
Putting has been referred to as the game within the game and I think that that is a fair assessment.
Putting is the business end of golf and is the difference maker when champions are crowned and tournaments lost.
But what makes putting so difficult, so different to the rest of the game? Well to start with the pressure associated with putting is far greater as the margin of error is far less and as previously mentioned the importance is unmatched in golf.
So how can you begin to improve your putting, well first you have to consider which area of putting is letting you down. Is it holing out under pressure, getting the ball close from distance, green reading or a mixture of all three?
Place the flag 18 inches behind the hole, line up 10 balls in a straight line. Position the balls 15 cm apart to begin with. You must reach the front of the hole to continue onto the next hole but you must not hit the flag behind the hole. As you get better at the exercise you can increase the distance between each ball.
The clock exercise is a great choice. Place 12 balls at each hour, 1 foot from the hole and hole each one in order until you complete the clock. Once you have completed from a foot move out to two feet and so on until at least 4 feet.
Green reading is trickier to learn. A good way is to find a relatively severe slope and putt across it, hitting putts harder to see the effect of the speed and slower to see the effect of the slope. You will soon see an improvement in your ability to see a line.