Always practice on a level green when working on your putting stroke. Practicing your stroke on a breaking putt will not do you any good. If you miss your shot you will never know where you went wrong. Maybe the problem was with the stroke, but then again maybe you simply misjudged the break of the green.
A final tip is to make sure you arrive at the golf course with plenty of time to stretch and limber up. We've all done it - you arrive at the course 5 minutes before tee time and rush right out and start whacking. A better way is to arrive at least 30 minutes before tee time and limber up. Take some half-swings with a 7 iron and execute a few pitch shots. You'll feel much more confident starting this way.
Even if you can't make it out to a driving range or practice fairway, practice the level one swing often and you'll notice a considerable difference in your shot-making consistency within three months.
If you want to play better golf it start from the green and works its way back to the tee. You do not want to try to do this the opposite because you can hit fairways all day long and never hit a green. Even if you hit the greens it does no good if you are putting a lot and not making them. However, if it takes you 3 to get to the green and sink the putt it is still a par.
How many golf tips given by 'well-wishers' have they succumbed to? None! That's why they swing so naturally. No outside interference or negative swing thoughts have entered their little minds and yet they know instinctively how to hold the club. Instinct again, tells them how to take the stance and to look at the ball as they swing around and through towards the target.
Give yourself a few minutes to locate a lost ball and then just drop another one if you can't find it. If your tee shot goes out-of-bounds don't hit another tee shot. Drop a ball near the area you went out-of-bounds. This keeps the rangers off your back and gets you off the course in less the 5 hours. If we are doing a little rule bending improving your lie here and there will also shave time and strokes.