An Easy Putting Drill for
Short Putts

A Putting Drill Using Old VHS Tapes Can Help You Make Short Putts

Do you have any VHS cassettes lying around your house? If so, you have a great tool for improving your putting. Specifically putts inside of 10 feet. I know you may have to dig deep to find them, but trust me, go dust them off and I will show you a drill that will help lower your scores in a hurry.

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Are you trying to lower your scores? If so, you will need to make more putts, plain and simple. You can’t lower your scores by having 3 putts, missing the putt on an up and down, or not converting a great birdie opportunity.

Many players who struggle with making short putts suffer from a poor putter path. Putts that are less than ten feet should be struck with a putting stroke that is straight back and straight through. For more information on how to strike putts with this type of stroke please click here to visit our putting stroke lesson. However, many players strike their balls with a putting stroke that cuts across the ball. That type of stroke makes it harder to start the ball on line towards the hole.

This drill is designed to help you develop a consistent putting stroke that goes straight back on the back swing and straight through on the follow through. This is the best way to get the ball started on line. Since we are working on shorts putts, distance control is not as big an issue. Most short putts that are missed are because of poor aim or a ball hit off line. Pace is typically not the issue.

Please use the following putting drill to make your path straight to hit your putts on line and lower your scores.

Steps to an Easy Putting Drill for Short Putts

Step One: Tools

  • You can use a variety of tools to mask this drill work.
  • Old VHS cassettes (depending on your age you may not know what those are), books, golf clubs, hockey sticks.
  • Anything that when you lay them on the ground they will create a track with some depth.

Step Two: Setup

  • Take your tools and put them into 2 rows.
  • Take your putter and separate the two rows so that they are slightly wider apart than the width of your putter head.
  • This will form a track for your putter head.

Step Three: Ball Position

  • Place a ball in the middle of the cassettes.
  • This will help keep you stroke inside the track.
  • It can also help be a reminder that the putter head should move the same distance back and forth through the stroke.

Step Four: Hit Putts

  • Complete your full set up to the ball.

Step Five: Putting Strokes


  • Start by making a bunch of strokes without a ball.
  • The objective is to make your stroke without letting the putter head touch the sides of the track. This will help groove a very straight stroke that will help you hit putt on line.
  • After making strokes without a ball, add a ball into the equation. Get a feel for making great contact on the putt and how it leaves the track.
  • After hitting a lot of putts. Add a target to aim at for the putts.
  • Place a soda can 3-5 feet in front of where you are aiming. The can is smaller than a regular hole which makes your practice even more effective.
  • When you get comfortable hitting the can, change the can to a quarter. This will really groove your stroke for a small target and make the golf hole seem huge when younger out on the course.

I hope you like this putting drill and find it effective in practicing short putts. By grooving this path between the cassettes you should develop a consistent move back and through the ball that will give you the best opportunity to start your ball on line and make more short putts.

If you would like to learn more about putting and how to lower your scores by holing out more often, please click here to see the entire Putting Lesson Series.

Good luck with your practicing and playing. May you ‘Play Your Golf Dreams’ sooner with the help of free-golf-lessons.com.

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