How to Make More Putts with No Practice!

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ah good day to you today we’re gonna do
we’re gonna become a better putter you don’t even have to practice gotta love
it let’s go okay no messing around today we’re gonna jump right into tip number
one for how to become a great putter without ever even really practicing
because I know the average player you guys don’t you don’t practice your
potting least not like you should you might hit a roll a few so we’re gonna
jump right in okay tip number one here it is when you get to the green and you
walk up one ball is yours you got three others that aren’t yours
if you’re playing with the group I want you to spend time not much but just as
you’re waiting you may have already put your ball I don’t care
make sure you you read the break read the putt of the other three players in
your group just go around look at it and think about where it’s going to break
how it’s gonna break and watch that player as they putt see where they
struck it see if you were correct in how that ball reacted okay I don’t care how
good or bad the other players are you want to practice reading the break of
the other players in your group and this will give you 18 holes reading for putts
per green 72 practice opportunities you have of
reading a putt you’re going to become a much much better green reader if you
just do that so why are you waiting make sure you’re reading the breaks the
green the putts of the other players in your group okay something to remember about your
round and everything that you’re doing is this when you’re playing golf you’re
out here for four and a half hours or so and let’s say that’s 270 minutes and
four and a half hours 18 holes whatever let’s say you have 15 minutes a hole
that’s your 270 minutes divided by 18 15 minutes per hole and then you’re going
to spend let’s say a minute per player on the tee box a minute per player on
the fairway a minute per player on the green that’s 12 minutes you have an
extra three minutes for whatever it’s typically going to be around the green
short game so you can have seven minutes roughly per hole on the green so that’s
why you want to spend your time wisely out here don’t just waste it use it so
you can get better you’re here anyways you might as well improve but if you
don’t do anything forget it you’re not be any good second tip number two is
this I want you to find the high point of the green where’s the high point of
the green okay so here this is high point slopes from this way to this way
so this and actually I’m it’s higher here so this back of the green is my
high point so everything should break this direction and since my ball is
right here I know it’s going to break a little left to right because that’s the
high point over here so you want to find the high point as you’re walking or
driving up to the green make sure you find the high point of each green also
keep in mind the high point of the golf course so for me the high point of the
golf course is actually on the other side mountains over here heis over here
going down into the valley which is behind me so downhill is toward the
uphill side of my break so I want to remember this and calculate
that so downhill according to the terrain is this way but according to
this green it counteracts so it’s gonna make it break a little less than normal
because you have two forces working against each other and you’re gonna need
to know that stuff and factor it and see how much that calculates into each break
you have okay next tip tip number three is this don’t just chip it okay it’s
very important for putting believe it or not why sure you can hit a decent chip
or good chip or great chip just by chipping it that’s fine but you’re
missing a huge opportunity here okay and it’s this with your chip shots I want
you to read it like a putt every time so pick your landing spot like you should
do okay and then from that point I want you to
start reading it go and read the grain what you’ll find is if you do that your
landing spot might actually change mind it because there’s a huge slope in here
that I can only see if I really get down there and read it like a pot so when
you’re chipping make sure you spend the time to read the putt side of it before
you chip this will also help you in determining where you want your next
putt to come from okay so take time even examining hey if I miss the chip or you
where do I want to chip to to get myself the best putt for me it’s a little past
the hole below the hole so I’m gonna adjust my chip accordingly it’s gonna
help your chipping but it’s also going to help you make your next putt which is
in essence gonna build more confidence plus you’re gaining valuable green
reading experience so as you can see reading the pot
reading the chip as a pot changes things makes you better chipper but also it’ll
make you a better putter because you will practice what you need which is
green reading skills ability to see what’s going on on the surface of the
grass moving on okay here’s what you’re gonna do and you may like this you may
not but a years ago a friend of mine was he’s a great putter and he showed me
this drill and that he would do and so I started doing it really helped me become
a better putter and you can do it while you play okay so this is what I want you
to do while you are waiting so you’ve you know I don’t expect you to do
everything on every hole but it’d be nice if we could reading putts and doing
all that stuff but here’s something you can do in and maybe integrate it into
your practice stroke would be ideal is take the putter and just put it between
your hands like so so you’re just pushing it together like that so you’re
basically pushing your hands together to hold this and just take practice strokes
like this now you might be a cross hand a putter a conventional claw grip
whatever however you hold it it doesn’t matter what we’re trying to accomplish
here is just taking our hands out of the stroke would be the goal okay we don’t
we want those as as quiet as possible in putting so I’m just gonna practice putt
like this then set up and do my normal thing try
it it may work for you it may not but it’s definitely something’s gonna help
you take your hands out of the stroke and that was it that was a first take by
the way seat works works moving on okay last tip for you here and it’s the
final final piece of the pie is what we’re gonna do is this we are going to
visualizing you’ve heard this before it’s nothing new but if you can
integrate it more on the course it’s really gonna pay off for you
I’m gonna visualize after I’ve done my reading and everything a dot a little
circle you know the size of maybe IP or something like that or a penny just in
front of my ball about a foot or two that I want to roll the ball over so
like this guy’s a little right-to-left er up a slope you can turn left at the
end but so I’m gonna do all my reading draw a line and then pick a spot so that
T that T is where I want to start it obvious I can’t put my T there or do
anything but so I need to find something around that place that I can look at and
visualize and just get because it’s pretty easy to roll my my ball from
right here to there like I can hit that T almost every time like that’s easy
hitting that T now I just got to extend it out get the right back stroke and
we’re good okay and you know sometimes the practice you can um you can just do
that and then there’s a little tiny little hole in the in the green that you
could see so you know occasionally do that obviously not in a match but if
you’re just playing trying to get better you could do that but in any case look
there try to find a spot and roll your ball over that pretty good right at it
so that’s gonna give you the best chance to get it close pick your spot pick your
spot there you go everybody thanks so much for tuning in I hope this video was
helpful and it’s a great way to become a better putter really without practicing
can help so do your practice while you’re playing if you’re you’re out here
for so long do something productive I used to work in a restaurant when I was
in college and my boss Matt what do you don’t stand around don’t stand around
just to clean something so uh it’s just kind of ingrained in me that when you’re
doing something just always be growing always be learning always be doing
something don’t just stand around be a dork right do something to improve what
you’re trying to get better at anyways and you you like that you love the game
let’s do something to get better it will pay off easy stop you can do it thanks
for watching please let’s mash that like button subscribe to the channel if you
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56 Responses

  1. Over50 Adventures

    February 5, 2020 7:38 pm

    If Saturday Night Live ever brings back the "UPS Guy" skit and need a stand in, you're shoe-in for the position.

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  2. Shane Moore

    February 5, 2020 7:59 pm

    As always, great stuff! This is definitely getting saved into my golf drills folder for me and my son! 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼🏌🏼

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  3. Robert Ortiz

    February 5, 2020 8:38 pm

    Good if not the greatest instruction video I've seen you do Matt! Fun to watch while learning more about the game.
    One of your best! Keep up the good work and thanks for putting in the time to always making us better golfers though great videos.

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  4. oldschoolruler

    February 5, 2020 9:03 pm

    Great tips…you're reinforcing what I believe to be necessary to putt well. I played yesterday and thinking this way I had 10 pars, 3 birdies and only 1 double bogey…

    I appreciate your work to help us play better, and enjoy the game more.

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  5. Day Lily Gardener

    February 5, 2020 9:08 pm

    Our typical round is 3 1/2 hours…so do your tips add an hour?? Of course we play the game as a hobby.

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  6. Robb Branche

    February 5, 2020 9:25 pm

    This stuff makes too much sense…it's like you're teaching us how to cheat!!!! You've got some really good content Matt, Thx for sharing!!

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  7. Jim Scholz

    February 5, 2020 9:31 pm

    Cool… Played on Monday here in Ohio… Tried your tips from a few vids ago on concentrating on a spot on the back of the ball.. Made 3 birds in a row for the first time in my life and am 65 now.. Keep posting… Your enthusiasm is great…

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  8. Glenn Wisse

    February 5, 2020 10:35 pm

    Very good tips. I like all of them. One thing I would add is that when you putt play enough break. If u play too Little break your ball will curve away from the hole. If u play a bit too much at least your ball is breaking toward the hole as it comes to a stop.

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  9. PushTo STARt

    February 6, 2020 12:12 am

    Practice your 4 footers, 4 spots around the hole don’t stop til you make 100 in a row. Without the flag so you hear the putts drop in the cup. Guaranteed to make you a better putter.

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  10. ultimatejay

    February 6, 2020 1:09 am

    Great vid, the biggest thing that helped my putting is getting the speed correct. You can read the putt correctly and do everything right but if you hit it to hard or soft now your 3-5 putting instead of 1-2 putting.

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  11. Just my thought

    February 6, 2020 1:56 am

    Some really good tips here. One thing I do to quiet my hands is really loosen my grip at address. When I grip it too tight I wind up pulling the ball.

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  12. Gammy Luvblack

    February 6, 2020 5:30 am

    Play the same course a bunch and memorize the green, take out your phone and make notes like “breaks more than I think”

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  13. Dave Everitt

    February 6, 2020 7:56 am

    Excellent instruction and entertaining to watch. I'm subscribed to way too many golf instruction sites and will have to weed a few of them out, because there just isn't enough time in the day to keep up to them. On the other hand, your site is so excellent and you have so many interesting ideas that I'd hate too miss your videos.
    I spend the whole winter practicing inside. To keep from getting bored I use 5 different putters and a variety of targets. One of these putters is a flexible shafted one that really magnifies any flaws and it has taught me a lot about developing a smooth stroke. One of my discoveries this year is that closing my non-dominant left eye before making the stroke, gives me better results with putts inside 7 feet. I presume that this keeps the head steady and prevents the eyes from moving around during the stroke.

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  14. Phil Balogh

    February 6, 2020 9:00 am

    I tried the quiet hands tip. I have gone to the claw grip to combat years of the "yips". While the claw eliminated the yips, I was never as good a putter when I used a conventional grip before the yips. Just a few practice putts with the quiet hands tip and I was able to use a conventional grip without any yips. Like many of your tips, this was a little gem. Thanks,

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  15. Jim Davis

    February 6, 2020 12:35 pm

    Matt I am really liking your content, you are a natural teacher keep it up and thank you! I like to talk to myself about the break, the grain, the slope, everything, while I am reading my putt. Definitely read and watch other putts if you have time. I like the tip of reading the green before chipping too, that could have saved me many strokes for some reason I get lazy.

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  16. Gregory Thew

    February 6, 2020 7:14 pm

    Another good one Matt. Hope your back is better. There are a couple of things that I'ld like to share to help putting. I look for the "fall line" on the hole. Also, I pick a super small spot, like blade of grass, on the back of the hole. (aim small miss small). A bunch of other stuff too but, well…….

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  17. Hugh Yearwood

    February 6, 2020 10:10 pm

    Many thanks for these tips. They make a lot of sense and I'll try and use them. "Make use of your'down' time while waiting on the green.

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  18. les moore

    February 6, 2020 11:49 pm

    awesome tips… do you draw a line on your ball??? a line on my golf ball is one of my favorite game inside the game. once you get your read…aim the line on your ball directly in your read line then forget about your ball path and concentrate on speed…. and just roll the line….a tight line on my ball in route to the hole is fantastic….and the putt was a success…. if it goes in its a bonus… but i can gain some solace from a putt not read right if it is hit correctly… it's just smart in my opinion…you can practice your putting without a hole just by honing your stroke until you can roll a tight line …. everyone knows if you can't hit the ball where you think you are aiming you are toast….durhhh…and a sure tell tell sign of coming across the line or pushing results in a wobbly line while the ball is rolling….. i know all of this is pretty basic stuff…. i was just wondering how many people play the same game within a game as we do…. thanks for another great video….

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  19. Ben Gepp

    February 7, 2020 6:47 pm

    I'd LoVe one of those SG hats Matt , will wear with pride .
    I've been doing that "pick a spot " thing since I first started playing golf about 15 year's ago but I only started reading fellow players putts and chipping 2 putt the last year. You helped me crack into the 80's with an 84 . Your fucking Awesome mate ! How's the chooks ? 💙🙏⛳🐔

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  20. Rufuss Thoo

    February 9, 2020 3:20 pm

    Great tips for beginners and a good reminder for more experienced players. We sometimes (often) forget this simple stuff.

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  21. The Goofy Dad Golfer

    February 10, 2020 11:28 pm

    My oldest kid, a HS senior who doesn't get a lot of practice time (who 3 putts normally and hates putting practice because it's "boring", lol!) used these tips in her 1st tournament of season this past weekend, during the 2nd round. Had only two holes on the round with a 3 putt or more. She dropped 14 strokes on that 2nd round. She still struggled with other parts of the game, but not as much on the greens!

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  22. Stephen Scheibel

    February 15, 2020 9:33 pm

    I’m always using that inline point/mark. Some people can’t believe how much you need to target for breaking putts. #MissEmOnTheProSide

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