You do not know how long a stoke to make or how much force to put into it on a long lag putt. Because of this, if you are like me you usually leave your first putt far from the hole making the second putt a knee knocker. This failure to knock it close from long range is the most typical cause of most three putts.

Here is a drill you might want to try to help solve putt control on long putts.

On a practice green, set up a putt about 50 feet from a hole. Lay a 5-iron on the ground and lay it parallel to the line you want the ball to start on. Set the ball in the middle of the shaft. Then simply roll putts to the hole, with your goal not to make it but to hit it “hole high.” As you do this, use the 5-iron as a guide. It’s essential that your stroke be the same length on both sides of the ball. To one end of the 5-iron on your backstroke, and to the other end on your through-stroke.

Over the years I have found that a 5-iron provides the perfect stroke length for a 50-foot putt, and practicing long putts teaches you how to make solid contact and control distance better than practicing short putts. If you become consistent from 50 feet, 15 to 30 foot putts will seem easy by comparison.

If your putts come up short or roll too far, your tempo is off. Do not change your length (keep matching your 5-iron), but instead make your stroke faster or slower. When you start mailing this distance, your tendency to three putt will disappear.

Filed under: Putting Tips

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