Putting Drill: The Humpty Dumpty


I picked up an interesting new putting drill while watching the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) on The Golf Channel, and I thought I’d share it, largely because I’ve never seen it in any instruction book.

It’s called The Humpty Dumpty. It consists of teeing up five balls side-by-side on the putting green (a wall of balls, get it?) and then trying to knock each of them off with putts. A perfect score is five.

Anyway, I tried this drill yesterday and it’s tougher than it sounds or looks like. (You may have noticed that tees are narrow.) It took me about 20 putts to do it, but I probably should’ve tried 3-footers instead of 6. I got the first two fairly quickly then kept missing the third tee. And I grazed a few tees, which doesn’t knock the ball off. You’ll find you’ve got to hit them fairly squarely.

Anyway, like I said, I’ve never seen this drill in an instruction book and a Google search came up empty, so I thought I’d pass it along.

I really like this drill for a few reasons.

1)  It doesn’t require a hole on the putting green. You can do it anywhere there’s open space.

2)  Like the small-hole drill, which is my favorite and the one that consistently helps me putt better, it forces you to focus on a small target and is a great gauge for how well you’re holding your putting line.

Anyway, the next time you’ve got an idle 5-10 minutes before you tee off, try it and see if it helps. I’m going to add it to my putting practice routine and see if I eventually roll a few more in because of it.

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