8 Indoor Golf Putting Drills You Can Practice at Home
Are you scared to lose your golf game during the winter months?
Busy schedule holding you back from making it out to the golf course?
Want to work on practicing putting at home?
No worries golfer, we’ve got ya covered! This article shares 8 indoor putting drills that come from our Winter Golf Training Program to help you keep your golf putting skills well practiced from home.
In fact, if you regularly work on indoor golf putting drills at home, you can actually improve your overall putting skills instead of just trying to maintain them.
At the end of today’s post, if you want to learn more about our indoor golf training system you can check out some of the information we’ve provided.
8 Simple Indoor Golf Putting Drills to Practice Daily
The following at home golf drills are beginner level to build basic fundamental putting stroke skills. You need just a few phone books and a coin or tee to set up these indoor putting practice drills.
Also, you can practice these putting drills on carpet if you don’t have a synthetic indoor putting green. We recommend this putting green training aid you can buy on Amazon.
Then simply block out some time each day to practice these golf drills at home.
Drill #1: Phone Book Path
Drop two phone books onto the ground at home and leave enough distance between them that your putter can barely squeeze through. Make practice strokes focusing on keeping the putter path straight and putter face square. If you don’t, you may bump into the books which give you feedback that your putting stroke wasn’t straight for that stroke.
Drill #2: Phone Book with Golf Ball
Set up two phone books again so that you’ve left your putter enough room to make a stroke between them. Now place a 10 foot piece of painter’s tape in the middle of the path and parallel to the books so that it creates a target line. Several feet of tape should be outside the books so that you can see how your ball stays on line for several feet.
Set a golf ball down in the middle of the books path on the target line you’ve created and stroke putts. You can use the books to monitor your back swing length compared to your forward swing length. The forward swing should be equal or slightly bigger than the back swing. Using the books as a guide for a straight putting stroke, try to see how many putts you can keep on the tape/target line.
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Drill #3: Right Handed Putts
Pick a target to putt to from 3 feet away and using just your right hand, stroke one handed putts trying to hit the target. Make sure to keep the putter path straight still as well as the face square to your target. This will build your putting stroke by ingraining skill with one hand.
Drill #4: Left Handed Putts
Repeating the same golf drill from above, use just your left hand to stroke 3 foot putts to a target you’ve selected. These two one handed putting drills make a our list of the best golf drills at home because of their simplicity but also their effectiveness.
You’ll be surprised how much more confident you feel once you can master one handed putting strokes. Spend 15 minutes each day and it will add up over the month, you’ll see 🙂
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Drill #5: Putting to a Tee
One of the best ways to practice putting at home is simply working on your control of the putter face. Set up a golf tee so that it’s upside down.
Starting 3 feet away, putt a ball to the tee trying to knock it over. Then move back to 4 feet, 5 feet, and so on. Try to work your way back to 20 feet away and still be able to knock the tee over.
You’ll gain amazing feel of your putter’s face and know when you’ve closed the face or opened the face during the putting stroke since you’re hitting to a super small target.
Drill #6: Putting to a King of Hearts
Grab a King of Hearts playing card from a deck of cards and lay it on the carpet or floor several feet away from you. Attempt to putt the golf ball with enough speed that it stops on top of the king of hearts.
This is a challenging putting drill that will improve your putting distance control before you know it. And using a playing card helps simulate a golf hole since it’s small, so you’ll also work on your putting accuracy by making sure you’re aligned to the target properly.
Drill #7: Three Ball Distance Control
For this putting practice drill, you want create a 1 foot long box or zone using tape or some sort of distance marker. The goal is to putt all 3 balls into this zone with each ball going slightly further than the previous ball.
But the 3rd ball can’t go beyond the 12 inch zone. It teaches you putting distance control by forcing you to feel each putt and try to replicate that distance but slightly further without over hitting the ball so that it rolls beyond the 1 foot long zone.
Drill #8: Golf Putting Stance Practice
Lastly, we want you to improve your putting set up and your stance. This is a fundamental step to helping you make a straight putting stroke.
Have your putter sitting next to the couch and during TV shows or during commercial breaks, stand up and work on the proper putting stance set up.
Doing this for just 15 minutes per day can build muscle memory and turn into a good habit so that your putting stroke improves without a whole lot of effort.
Check out our ultimate putting tips guide where we cover all kinds of topics on how to get better at putting. You’ll learn the putting grip, putting set up, how to read green, best putting drills, types of strokes like the straight back straight through and arcing putting stroke.
Indoor Golf Putting Games to Practice at Home
Want a challenging indoor golf putting game to play? Try the shrinking cup challenge.
This golf putting game asks you to create 5 paper circles with paper and scissors. The first should be a 12 inch diameter circle, then 10 inches, 8 inches, 6 inches, and 4 inches.
For this indoor putting game you will start 8 feet away and hit putts to the 12 inch circle. Get the ball to stop on the circle to count it as a made putt. Once you can do this, move on to the next level.
Level 2 is putting from 7 feet away from the 10 inch circle target. Repeat the above, getting 3 made putts in a row.
Level 3, you will putt from 6 feet to the 8 inch circle target.
Level 4, putt from 5 feet to the 6 inch pretend golf hole
Level 5, the final level of this golf putting game, hit putts from 4 feet away from the 4 inch circle.
The goal of this indoor putting practice game is to make all 5 putts in a row, starting from 8 feet away and working your way in to the closest and smallest target.
You can switch up this putting game by doing it in reverse. As you get farther away from the hole, the hole gets smaller. So putt from the 12 inch circle at 4 feet away and putt to a 4 inch circle at 8 feet away.
Join Our Indoor Golf Training Program
Now that you know how to practice putting at home using the above indoor golf practice drills, you can keep your golf game sharp this winter and not digress!
All that hard work and forward momentum you made during the season will be lost if you put the clubs up for winter and lay off the game for a few months.
Instead, use this professionally designed indoor golf training plan that you can do indoors from the comfort of your home in just a few hours per week at your leisure.
It covers both indoor putting practice and indoor chipping practice as well as tips and drills for working on your golf swing from home.
You’ll get our list of best indoor practice drills, 21 days of practice routines to follow, golf stretches, golf nutrition tips, and an 8 week golf fitness workout program. Plus other bonuses and extras to help you practice golf indoors at home.
or check out our other training plans for easy to follow golf practice templates
Basic Golf Putting Tips:
When working on the above indoor golf putting drills, you should try to follow these fundamental golf putting tips.
- Find a comfortable grip that gives control of the putter face but not too tight
- Line the putter face up square to the ball, not angled, during set up
- During the backstroke, keep the putter straight as possible
- On the forward stroke, keep the putter face straight as possible
- Focus on feeling and watch how far putts roll to learn about speed / distance control
Thanks for reading today’s guide on indoor putting drills. For more tips, see our other blog articles or hop over to FoyGolfAcademy.com for golf training programs to follow.