How to Roll Your Long Putts Like a Pro

By Steve Silverman

The long putt in golf can be intimidating even to low-handicap golfers. Trying to sink a putt of 25 feet or more is difficult, but proper setup and approach will help you get it to drop.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Get behind your ball and read the green. If you are putting from more than 25 feet, it would be fairly unusual for your putt to be a straight shot at the hole. Determine where the ball will veer right or left. For a two-level green, you will have to knock the ball up a hill and the break might come after that. Figure out the breaks, twists and turns before you step up to your putt.
Step 2
Lessen your knee bend and stand fairly erect when you are facing a longer putt. In order to give yourself a chance to hit the longer putt, you need to be able to swing your arms straight and easy. To do this, you need to stand relatively straight.
Step 3
Hold the club a bit firmer on a long putt than you normally would, but not so tight you can't make adjustments. You grip should be about the equivalent of a firm handshake.
Step 4
Use a pendulum swing, meaning you'll bring the club back the same distance you bring it forward. This will lead to a nice, smooth ball roll.
Step 5
Don't take more than one practice swing when you set up for a putt--including the long ones. Once you have read the green and figured out the breaks, you'll know how you want to swing.

Tips & Warnings

Walk up to the ball and picture a 5-foot circle around the flagstick. Try to get the ball into the circle.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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