Sandy’s Suggestions for Lag Putting
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There are two things to concentrate on when putting – distance and direction. While most players can putt in the direction of the hole, they often end up 10 feet short or 10 feet past it. A 2-putt becomes a 3-putt and the score grows. Controlling distance – lag putting – is essential for success on the green.
- The key to lag putting is the size of your stroke. Think about making your backswing the same size as your follow-through swing. If you swing the putter back 10″, try to follow through the same distance. Think of a pendulum.
- Putt with a consistent pace, one that you are comfortable with. With a constant pace, a steady tempo in back swing and follow-through, you simply control the distance by the length of your swing.
- Don’t try to control distance by the force of your putting stroke, ie. “how hard or softly you hit the ball.” Many players mistakenly try to hit a putt really slowly on short putts and really hard if they have a 30 footer.
- Take the little muscles out of the equation. Don’t use your wrists. It’s an arm-shoulder-trunk muscle movement you’re after.
- A consistent method of putting with solid contact makes it easier to adjust to variables such as moisture, grass conditions and, yes, wind.
- Practice, practice, practice. Putts are a good 1/3 of your game. They deserve 20 minutes of your one-hour practice!
A good lag putt positions the golfer for a simple and easily makeable follow-up putt. Kiss those 3-putts goodbye.
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