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Lag Putting Drill for Distance Control on the Greens

Putting to Equally Spaced Strings Will Help Improve Distance Control


Lag Putting Drill

Equally spaced strings are used in this lag putting drill on the practice putting green.

Photo courtesy of Neil Wilkins
This drill uses lengths of string spaced at regular intervals away from the golfer, and it's my preferred method to practice lag putting.

For many years I have used this drill in my one-day golf schools, summer junior programs, evening clinics, and individual putting lessons. It takes the hole out of the equation, with a total focus on distance control. This drill will challenge all players - from the rank beginner to a single-digit handicapper - and will help keep the boredom out of your practice session.

I'm not positive, but I believe I learned this string drill years ago from a noted sports psychologist named Dr. David Cook.

This is how it works: Cut five or six pieces of string, about three-feet long each, and lay them down on the practice green, progressively farther away. Space them about three feet apart.

I like to start at about 20 feet, but you can do this from 60 feet or wherever suits you. You can practice downhill or uphill.

Get out a dozen balls and try to roll them so that each ball stops in-between the strings. Use your eyes - look and react to create feel for distance.

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