Improve Your Short Game:
Practice Session 4 – Lag Putting
Our fourth week in the Short Game series focuses on lag putting. While it is impossible to avoid the occasional three-putt green, your scoring will improve with dedicated practice. This week’s drills focus on helping you control the speed of your putts so that more of your longer putts end closer to the hole.
Practice Drill #1 – String Drill
The purpose of this lag putting drill is to control the speed of your putts. Players three-putt from long distance more because they hit the first putt the wrong distance rather than because it is hit the wrong direction.
- Find a piece of string and cut it at five feet long
- Place the string so that the middle of the line is beside a practice hole
- Separate five golf balls and place them at 12 feet, 15 feet, and 18 feet away from the hole
- Hit the five putts at each distance so that they stop inside the string line if you miss the hole
- If any of the five stop before or after the string line, start that station over again
Pro Tip – To make this drill more difficult, try this. Remove the hole and putt to the string line. Putt your first ball and try to stop it at the beginning of the string. Putt the second ball and roll it just past the first ball but before the end of the string. Continue this process until you hit all five putts successfully past the previous putt but stopping before the end of the string.
Practice Drill #2 – Lag Putting Game
With this game, I want you to set one ball at each of the following distances: 20 feet, 25 feet, 30 feet, 40 feet and 50 feet. The goal of this game is simple – avoid a three-putt!
Start at 20 feet and try to make a stroke that makes the ball stop within three feet of the hole if it misses the hole. Keep your string line by the hole if that helps your practice. If the first putt misses, stroke the second putt into the hole and move onto the next station.
If it takes three putts to hole from any station, setup all of the stations and begin the drill again! This pressure will help your game transfer from the practice green to the golf course when it matters to you.