The quickest and easiest way to drop strokes off your game is to work on your short game and more specifically, your putting. The following tips may help you become a better putter.

WORK ON YOUR ALIGNMENT
As in all phases of the game, bad alignment can be the cause of many bad swing problems. Always make sure that your feet, hips and shoulders are aligned square to your target line.

KEEP YOUR HEAD STEADY
Keeping your head steady is vital to good putting. Think of your head as the center point or anchor of your putting stroke. Watch the guys on tour this weekend; those that are having a good putting week are probably keeping their head very still.

KEEP YOUR WEIGHT FORWARD
You should have your weight distributed a bit forward. Think of keeping your weight distribution at 60% forward and 40% back.

LOOK AT YOUR TRIANGLE
Stand in front of a mirror and get into your putting set-up. Look at the “triangle” that is created by your arms and your shoulders. Keep that triangle throughout your stroke.

THINK POSITIVE
Golf is a very mental game (we all know that) and I believe that the mental side of the game is emphasized around the greens. To battle the “mental demons” that haunt all of us we simply must think positive. It really is that simple! Every time you walk up to a putt you must think you are going to make it. You will be amazed by how this will really work!

PRACTICE… PRACTICE… PRACTICE…
The real trick, if there is one, to becoming good at any aspect of the game is to practice. The beauty with putting is that you can practice it at the course or at home. If you are at home, just throw a cup or mug down on the ground and start putting. Wherever you practice, the most important thing is to develop a repetitive and proper putting stroke.