Start lagging your putts dead
Putt to the fringe
On a quiet practice green set out five or six balls at intervals from one side of the putting surface to the other. The idea is that you roll them all up to touch the fringe. Sound easy? Well, no two putts are the same length, and you are consistently getting further away, so it is progressively more difficult. It’s a great drill to work on feel and control; focus on producing a smooth rhythm – that is the key to success. This is one of the most frustrating and inconspicuous ways to drop a shot. So if you can lag your putts closer, it takes a lot of stress out of the game. Believe me, even the very best players are always looking to do that. Good lag putting is all about good feel and distance control – here is a drill that can help you improve yours.
Stroke of genius
The backswing being shorter than the through-swing can help rhythm – as shown by the balls above. Obviously the lengths of stroke vary depending on the length of putt, but this is the ratio I like – the left-hand ball is where the backswing stops, middle is the ball position and the last one is where the putter stops.