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Golf Practice Drill #33 – Around the World Lag Putting Drill

Golf Practice Drill #33 – Around the World Lag Putting Drill

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Okay, now let’s get into today’s golf practice drill which we call Around the World Lag Putting Drill

What is Lag Putting

The first thing that may stand out to you is the name of this golf putting drill. “What is lag putting” you may be asking?

Lag putting is a golf term for a long distance putt that has a low chance of being made so the goal is to instead “lag” the ball up as close to the hole as possible, leaving a short second putt to finish the hole.

In simple terms, this is a putting drill to practice long distance putting. This will help you avoid 3 putts on the golf course, reducing your score as a result! Yay!

How to Perform the Golf Practice Drill

Most practice greens at local golf courses have multiple holes on them to putt to. For this drill, we will go “Around the World” which means putting one ball to each of the different holes on the practice green, rather than hitting multiple balls to the same hole.

Start on one side of the practice green and hit one ball at a time to each hole with the goal of trying to stop it within 3 feet or less of the hole. This is basically one putter’s length if you want to use your putter as a measuring stick to pass/fail your putts.

Putts that end up inside 3 feet are a successful lag putt.

Continue this long distance putting drill by hitting long distance putts to each hole around the green. Then move locations. Change sides of the practice green so it changes the distances to holes as well as the slopes and breaks the long distance putts will encounter.

The goal is to get consistent where you can lag putt around the world successfully in a row with no mess ups. All the putts end up inside one putter length to each of the intended holes as you go around the world.

Aim to do a minimum of 50 long distance lag putts during this drill but aim to achieve 100 or 200 if you want to build speed control faster with your putting.

Have a way to track stats and keep score so you can aim to improve each practice. Count how many putts out of 100 made it within the 3 foot rule of the hole.

Variations of the Lag Putting Around the World Drill

Any putt that doesn’t end up one putter length or less away from the hole counts as a fail normally. But let’s not let these failed putts go to waste.

Putts that don’t end up inside of 3 feet, finish them out trying to sink the second putt, whether it be from 4 feet, 7 feet, etc. This will get you practice from these shorter/medium distances as well.

Another option to vary this putting drill is to move the ball back an additional 3 feet from where it stops. So if you fail to get the ball inside one club length of the hole, your penalty is now to move that ball backwards one club length further away from the hole and then try to finish the second putt out.

This penalty will help you focus harder on getting the first lag putt inside the 3 foot boundary or else risk having a farther second putt once you add the penalty of moving the ball back one extra club length.

Overall, this golf practice drill is effective at making you a better putter and helping you lower your golf scores overall. Be sure to follow our YouTube Channel for video lessons, swing tips, and more golf drills.

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