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Lag Putting

How to properly judge speed and distance when lag putting.

Lag putting.

Let’s talk about lag putting and some important aspects of how we can save a few strokes around the course and how to get closer to the hole.

A few things that I look at when it comes to lag putting it’s not necessary to pick a perfect line every time.

With long lag putts, it’s more important to have really good speed.

This part that we’re facing right here is about 40 feet. And we have a pretty severe slope from the left to the right.

Now, I would approach lag putting like this by actually walking the entire length of the green to get a sense of feeling in my feet, as well as to sense the slope of the green.

Lag Putting

Just standing down in this corner I’m sensing already that I’m going to have to play a significant amount of break for lag putting here.

Now, the faster the greens speed is you want to make sure that you allow for a little extra break in this long lag putt because as soon as the ball travels on the low side, it tends to move away from the flagstick and that will result in very long return putts.

So, play more break. I’m going to walk the putt so already I’m noticing I’m walking up the hill If I stood here in one spot, I might sense that I have a little more pressure on my right side, which would means that this long lag putt would tend to move towards the right.

I’m approaching a pretty severe area here where there’s a lot of up-the-hill action going and as we get to the hole, it flattens out a little bit.

So, this gives me a good scope for how my ball is going to travel across the surface, and now it’s a matter of how I’m going to handle lag putting here.

I want to try to get the ball hopefully in the hole. But at the very least, as close as I could If you want to take practice strokes, that’s fine.

For those of you that just want to look at the target and go, that is also perfectly fine.

So, for this long lag putt, I’m going to play about five feet of break. Here’s what I’m anticipating, and we’ll give it a roll and maybe get lucky on the first one. We got about a two-footer, and it traveled up the slope and took the curve I would be very happy with that one.

To become good at lag putting it is all about spending time to practice this shot.

Again, looking at where do I anticipate the break to happen? How much speed do I need to apply?

So, we got a couple of pretty good return putts there. So, the more you can think about the pace lag putting and play more break I promise you it’ll save you a few strokes down the line.

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About Ulrika Smith

Ulrika Ljungman-Smith is a Member of The LPGA Teaching and Club Professional (T&CP) Division. Ulrika is a staff professional and teaches  at Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Ormond Beach, FL.