Golf Tip: Lag Putting

By Tim Cusick

Golf Tip: Lag Putting

Put Yourself in Good Position for Your Second Putt

I am at the eighteenth green in Dallas, Texas at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas. Home of the Byron Nelson Classic. The TPC Golf Course hosted a very memorable tournament in 2007. Adam Scott had a putt on the second playoff hole on the eighteenth hole where I am standing 40 seven feet from the ball to the hole for birdie to beat Ryan Moore in a playoff. What he has to be thinking from here is that this is really not a realistic putt to make. His goal was to try to lag it down to the hole as close as he possibly could to try to have a tap in to extend the playoff.

Get the Right Pace and Length of Stroke on Long Putts

His focus was making a couple of practice strokes to try to have the right length and the right pace to the stroke and then he wants to play the right amount of break. He wants to play ball breaking down to the hole. It is a right to left putt, over a little ridge and his whole goal was to try to have a tap in for this putt. So let's see how I stack up against Adam Scott. I am going to take a look at the hole, make a practice stoke and hold my finish. Make a practice stoke again and try to get the feel and I am going to step up and hit the putt. I obviously hit my putt just a little bit to hard according to the way Adam Scott hit his. I had the right break but certainly hit it too hard. So remember, when you are lagging down to a hole of more than 20 feet or so your goal is to try to leave yourself with a tap in so that it makes it easier to finish with a two putt. You want to have the right pace, the right length of stroke, see the putter head hit the ball and then look up and hopefully you have a tap in.

Category: Putting
Sub-Category: Follow-Through, Reading Greens, Practice

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