How to Knock Lag Putts Tight

By Patrick Cameron

Nothing strikes fear in the heart of the weekend golf warrior like a 60-foot lag putt. You stand above your ball, looking at the swirling mass of green between your little white ball and an even smaller white hole and wonder how the heck you're going to get this thing up and down in two or three strokes. Well, if you can follow instructions and commit to practicing, there are a couple of ways to make that super-long putt a little more manageable.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Practice before you hit the links. It's not surprising that the minute Tiger Woods finishes a round where he doesn't putt so well, he heads straight for the practice green and continues to hammer away on his putts until he's satisfied. You should take this same approach, and expect to do it before you tee off. Practice greens are accurate indicators of what golf courses' real greens are going to be like. So get to know them well. A good understanding of the speed and break of the putting surface will boost your confidence and give you a way to gauge your putting for the entire round.
Step 2
Read the green. Not every golfer takes the time to truly size up the putt that's before him. But he should. Just because you have an unheard-of 100-foot putt doesn't mean you throw in the towel and just smack one out there hoping you get lucky. Read the green from both behind your ball and behind the cup. Put this together with some practice putting before you tee off, and it's amazing just how close you can actually come to holing it from any distance.
Step 3
Give yourself an invisible bull's eye. On long lag putts, the hole truly can look smaller than the ball. But remember one thing. When faced with that kind of green between your ball and the hole, sometimes just being close can make all the difference. Visualize a bull's eye running around the cup. You can make it any size you feel comfortable with from the range you are putting. The trick is to get the ball as close to the center of that bull's eye as possible. Doing this will eliminate tunnel vision and the need to try and stick the putt in that hole far off in the distance.

About The Author

Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

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