Golf Tips: Improve Your Long Putt Distance Control

By Laird Small

Practice Long Distance Putts to Improve Your Golf Score

Most three putts come from the first putt not being the right distance. The question I have for you is how much time do you spend practicing long distance putts?

Golf Putting Drill Before You Hit the Course

Well, you may not spend a lot of time if you are struggling in this area but here is a wonderful drill to help you with your feel before you go out and play on the golf course. Take four or five golf balls and you are going to putt with your trail hand. If you are a right handed player you are going to putt with just your right hand. By making some strokes in this manner here you get a great sense of the putter flowing, you do not interrupt the flow, and there is less sense of a hip impulse when you actually strike the putt.

Distance Control on Longer Putts

You will be surprised how good your distance control is. This is one of those drills that the Tour Players do a lot in order to get the feel for the greens when they first arrive at a place. So here is what it is going to look like. Take your regular address and just give it a stroke. All of those came out the right distance and makes it an easy two putt and every once in a while I get lucky and make a long one. Give this a try, it will build a nice skill set with you on controlling your distance on longer putts.


Category: Swing Drills

About the Instructor

Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650