All great putters are excellent at lag putting

Lag Putting

The one area to improve on to get your scores down is to eliminate as many 3 putts per round as possible by learning lag putting. Developing the feel for lag putting successfully is by far the easiest way to make it happen. Take it from experience golfers do not get all the approach shots near the cup which can make for a long putt.

You need to eliminate the thought of trying to make every 30, 40, or 60 foot putt. You need to determine the feel for controlling the distance of each putt so you can lag putt inside a 3 foot circle around the golf hole. Then with confidence learn how to make the short putts eliminating 3 putts.

So why is 3 feet the magic distance? Because almost all golfers feel confident they can make most of the putts. You do not have to read the green for most of these putts because much of the break in most 3 foot putts can be simply removed by striking the putt a little more firmly.

Therefore work on getting your long putts inside 3 feet leaving yourself a make able short putt.

Here is a drill to develop the feel for lag putting inside the “magic 3 foot circle.”

* Place tees around the hole in a 3 foot diameter. If you imagine a clock face around the cup you want the 6 o’clock position to be closest to you (and where your target line points to) and the 12 o’clock position to be furthest away from you.

* Place the tees in the 12, 10, 2, 8, and 4 o’clock positions. An easy way to do this is to take your sand wedge (which is usually about 36 inches) and place the head in the hole.

Now put the butt end of the club at the 12 o’clock position and put a tee in at the end of the club. Repeat with the 10, 2, 8, and 4 o’clock positions. You now have your visual of the 3 foot diameter around the hole.

*Next, find as close to a straight, level spot on the practice green as you can 30 feet away and start putting until you get the feel for the stroke for that distance and start consistently putting the balls inside that circle.

Then limit yourself to 3 balls and try again starting over if you miss one. This adds a little pressure to the drill and will help your confidence when you’re out playing for real.

Continue this drill at 40, 50, 60 feet or whatever distance you feel you need your most practice from. With the right length putting mat you can practice this drill at home.

Once you practice this lag putting drill, you’ll be more confident when you stand over those long putts.

 

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