Four Ways To Improve Your Lag Putting Right Now


The PGA Tour rolls into Scottsdale, Arizona this week stopping at TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Phoenix Open. TPC Scottsdale has huge green complexes with tons of undulation. PGA Tour players will be placing a premium on lag putting this week. Luckily for you, we’ve narrowed it down to four simple ways to improve your lag putting, take a look!


Look At The Entire Green

When approaching the green, take notice of the overall layout of the green. Be sure to pay close attention and make note of any subtle slopes that may run the length of the green (i.e. back to front or side to side)


Read the 2nd Half from the Apex

Once you have a feel for the overall green speed, find the apex of the break. This is your aim point. Walk to that point and read the remaining portion of the putt, from there to the hole. This will help you get an idea of any subtle breaks that happen closer to the hole. Keep in mind, as the ball loses speed the break will increase.


Make Practice Strokes Looking at the Hole

Some golfers like to stand perpendicular to the target while doing this,while others will do this from a normal practicing position. Where ever you take your practice strokes, make a few free-flowing strokes while looking at the hole. Doing this will help you mimic the effort needed to get the ball to your target.


Try to Make It

When you’re facing a long putt, we’ve all heard someone say “putt to a 3 foot circle”, but what ends up happening is your target becomes larger. You might think this would be easier to accomplish, but it can also turn a miscued putt into another knee-knocker. If you don’t hit your 3 foot circle you’re going to have 5 – 7 feet remaining, and staring right into the face of a 3-putt! Try having the mentality of making the putt for one entire round and I guarantee it will narrow your focus. If you sharpen your focus you’ll only have 1 – 3 feet putts remaining if you miss and you’ll have a better chance of walking away with a par.

Quick Recap

1. Look At The Entire Green – Take note of any subtle slopes.

2. Read the 2nd Half from the Apex – You’ll have a better idea what happens closer to the hole.

3. Make Practice Strokes Looking at Hole –  You’ll mimic the effort needed to get the ball to the hole.

4. Try to Make It – Sharpen your focus and you’ll have tap-ins.

Follow these 4 simple tips to improve your lag putting and avoid 3-putting!

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Ryan Spaziani

Ryan Spaziani has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2012. He graduated from the Professional Golfers Career College in Orlando, FL with an Associate Degree in Professional Golf Management. He has worked for both private and public golf courses in the Raleigh, North Carolina. Ryan has a strong passion and extensive knowledge for teaching, club fitting and growing the game of golf.