Break the old rule on firm wrists
Isee this a lot: Golfers roll a bunch of 10- or 15-footers before they tee o , then they have to putt one clear across the green on the rst hole. What happens? They usually three-putt because they have no feel for distance. The quick x is to practice lag putts before you head out, but you also need to know the keys to e ective long putting. Let’s take a look.
Golfers are often told to lock their wrists when they putt and control the stroke with their shoulders.That might work for short and mid-length putts, but from long range it leads to a sti motion and no feel. By feel, I mean distance control: the ability to look at a putt, make a few practice strokes, and then put the right amount of hit on it. When you have a long putt, get the extra distance by letting your wrists hinge a little.
Here’s how:At address, your left wrist (for righties with a traditional grip) is slightly cupped or bent back.As you swing the putter away from the ball, let the momentum of the stroke atten that wrist. That little bit of hinge will help you put more energy into the ball.Then, as you stroke through, let your right wrist
atten – that shows that you’re letting the putterhead release, which creates acceleration.That’s how you hit it harder without adding arm or shoulder motion.
Getting the pace right will become second nature if you work on these keys and make lag putting part of your warmup.You’ll handle that long putt on the rst green – and all the greens after it. —