Thanks for all the suggestions so far.
Originally Posted by boogielicious
For lag putting, I just use one ball and focus only on speed. I do a drill where I toss a ball on the practice green and try and two putt from 20, 30, 40, etc. I don't spend a lot of time on these, but usually do it at the end of a putting practice or warm up right before going out to the course. For long putts, a good look from the side of the putt is essential to know the distance and the slope.
My putting stoke is a slower/longer stroke, kind of opposite of Brandt Snedeker. So for long putts, I just increase the length of the backstroke, but keep the forward stroke the same speed. If I punch it, my speed will be off.
Boogie - it sounds like you might already be a decent long putter and are just in maintenance mode. I envy you - but I think I probably need to invest a bit more time and structure to my practice.
Originally Posted by Ernest Jones
YA wanna know a great drill that's a little "outside the box"?
Line up a long-ish lag putt, maybe start with a 30 footer. Line up as usual and take a few practice strokes or whatever your normal routine is. When you feel you have a good sense of the stroke required close your eyes, flip the putter over so it hangs grip down and, with your eyes still closed, walk to the hole and attempt to put the grip end into the hole.
It sounds a little hippy-dippy but it will help you establish a better sense of the spatial relationship between you and the hole and will help you synch up your body with your brain in terms of what the distances mean.
Fred Shoemaker's book, "Extraordinary Putting", where this drill was taken from, has some really amazing drills that help you hone your touch and feel.
Well worth the read.
I'm on board with that. I remember a few years ago I came up with something similar where I'd try to roll the ball with my hand towards the hole to test my perception of distance and speed. The results were too depressing to repeat the experiment...
Originally Posted by saevel25
First, don't try to accelerate through the ball.
Second, practice your stroke so your not thinking about your stroke when you putt.
Third, PUTT A LOT
I think I do need to do this. I'm thinking I need to split practice into stroke mechanics at home - and then spend time on the green with a better technique so that I can focus on the touchy-feely stuff.
Originally Posted by cda77
What works for me is to practice lag putts one handed. I am right handed and use a traditional right hand low grip. So I practice lag putts just using my right hand, choking down to keep control of the club and stick my left hand in my pocket.
Interesting. I got a putting lesson and was told just the opposite - to practice with my left hand to stop my left wrist breaking down.
Originally Posted by iacas
- Get a putter that is fit properly for you (in terms of distance control, not only static weight but the location of the weight - butt of club, halfway down the shaft, putter head).
- Get a putter that has the proper shaft flex for your stroke type.
- Hit the ball with proper impact dynamics - 1-2° loft, 2-3° AoA (positive), putter head at peak speed or already decelerating slightly.
The easiest way to achieve #3 is often to match your backswing length and follow-through length. All putts should be the same tempo (60-80 BPM, somewhere in there) but vary in the length of the backstroke and follow-through.
Interesting too. In terms of putter fitting, I'm tempted to go shorter - around 33" - but there the consensus breaks down. Do you fit length and lie for a stance with the eyes over the ball, or inside, or whatever's comfortable? And as for weight, there are at least 2 schools of thought. One that says weight and length should relate in a somewhat swingweight-ish way - in other words, shorter putters need heavier heads, all of which seems reasonable to me. But then I've read some very trenchant opinions that this is bunk. There doesn't even seem to be a consensus as to whether extra headweight will tend to make a putt run longer or shorter.
Your suggestions on technique seem very sound. But would you expect to need more "launch" on slower greens?