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Rock Star Lag Putting

Becoming a rock star at lag putting is easy once you know the right way to practice this skill.
Skill development is the key to becoming a great golfer, and this particular skill might be one of the most overlooked parts of the game. I’m not sure the last time I had a student walk in and say, “Hey Coach, let’s go work on my lag putting.” That just doesn’t happen, but it should!
In my academies, it’s one of the first skills we teach, because I know it’s a great way to lower your score. It also greatly reduces those dreaded three-putts.
There are two important keys to lag putting. Let’s talk about the first one: rhythm. Rhythm is defined as a strong, regular, repeated pattern of movement or sound. In your putting, you should have the same rhythm on every stroke, no matter the length of the putt.
How do we develop this repeatable rhythm? The answer is the phrase, “One thousand, one.” Say it out loud: “One thousand, one.” Pretty simple, right?
The “one thousand” part represents the backswing of the putt, and “one” represents impact. The cadence of the “one thousand, one” is the same for a 3-footer as it is for a 30-footer. The distance doesn’t change your cadence. The length of the swing will adjust based on the distance you’re hitting the putt, but not your rhythm.