What to do if your lag putting ever fails you
Even if you work hard on your lag putting, there are still times when you will face a three-footer for par. You might have chipped up to there, or splashed out of a bunker to that position... or you might even have hit your approach there. No matter how you got to three, four or five feet away, you want to make the putt – you don’t need me to tell you how solid short putting tidies up a scorecard. On a short putt, keeping the face square is your primary focus. Here is a drill to help you groove that into your subconscious stroke. Here’s a great drill
Get a flag stick – or a bunker rake if you are on a practice facility – and set it down in line with the right edge of the hole. Place four balls in a line, so that when you place your putterhead in behind it, it is half a centimetre from the flag/rake. Focus on keeping the putter’s face at right angles to the flag/rake – you are just pushing the face towards the hole, keeping it square to the target. Another way of thinking of it is keeping the alignment aid on the back of your putter parallel to the flag/rake. You could place a second flag/rake in on the other side of the ball if you want, but I find just one helps people improve their alignment. Simply focus on keeping the putter at a right angle to the flag.
Alignment aid + flag = success
Keep your putter head’s alignment aid running parallel to the flag during the stroke and you keep the face square.