Try this pre-round sync-up drill to improve your putting

This simple drill could fix your green-reading issues.

Earlier this week one of our GOLF Top 100 Teachers, Joe Hallett, introduced us to a handy drill that’s designed to keep your putter face square at impact. It’s immensely important, but even the squarest putter face won’t be enough to solve another common problem in golf: Poor green-reading.

If the read is off, your stroke will begin making compensations which will be difficult to repeat consistently.

Enter GOLFTEC’s Nick Clearwater, who has a drill he uses with all his students regardless of handicap.

“Lots of times you may think it’s your putting stroke, but the problem could actually be your green-reading,” he says

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It’s quite simple: Clearwater wants you to find a putt of about 10 feet, aim straight at the hole, and set up a wide gate in front of your ball. Forget about the hole; hit your ball through the gate, and notice how much the putt breaks. Try this on a few different putts.

Going through this process will give you an appreciation of how much putts break — and how much you’re probably under-reading them currently.

As you progress, begin setting up the gate for the actual read of your putts — a foot left of the hole, for instance — and practice until you match your read with the read of the putt so you’re making the putts.

A few minutes well-spent on an important and underrated part of the game.

You can watch the full video below:

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Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.