Golf Putting Instruction: How To Lag Your Longer Putts

A most significant golf putting instruction is to learn how to lag your longer putts to the cup.

The reason why this is a most important golf putting instruction is that if you do not lag your longer putts to the cup, you are likely to roll your ball far beyond the hole, especially with down hill putts.

When it comes to line versus pace when putting longer putts, pace is more important. This is not to discount the importance of keeping your putt on line to hit it dead straight into the cup.

Learning to lag your longer putts will improve your golf game and lower your golf scores.

You want to be near the hole when stroking long putts because the odds of holing extremely long putts are not very favorable for most golfers, even   professional players.

The best golf putting tips is to reduce the number of putts in a round of golf.

Therefore, you want to learn to lag your longer putts to the hole so you are left with basically a “give-me,” at most.

If you adopt the Locked-In Putting System™ you should be able to hole any putt within four feet.

However, it typically is not the short putts that ruin a round of golf. It usually is those extremely long putts that make it more difficult to judge the pace of the ball stroke it near the cup.


When it comes to such longer putts, you need some golf swing tips to lag them close to the hole. Lagging usually means to putt the ball just short of the hole but I consider this golf method of putting to also include those putts that roll just slightly past the hole.

Obviously, the objective is to putt the ball near enough to the that the next putt is a slam dunk, so to speak.

Lag putting can reduce your golf score by several strokes per round.

Here is a portion of a recent article that discusses the importance of lag putting to reduce your golf scores.

“Hitting your first putt closer to the hole is crucial in minimizing the score each and every round. In a good round, there should be no three putts, as we know. To better your lag putting, try going to the practice green and doing nothing but hitting very long putts for practice one day. This will hone your long putts for next round.” Read more…

I use the Locked-In Putting™ System to lag putts to the hole.

This is a unique way to stroke longer putts. It requires several steps but once you learn how to putt using the system, you easily can reduce your score by several strokes per round of golf.

Here are some of the golf putting tips to perform this technique.

First you must have your putter handled gripped squarely in the lifelines of both hands. The lifeline is the channel that runs between the palm and thumb of each hand.

As long as the lifeline is positioned squarely to the lifeline of the hand it meets this requirement even when resting on one of your fingers. Indeed, my right-hand lifeline is not connected directly to my putter handle but is placed on my middle finger at the completion of my putting grip. It nonetheless is aligned squarely to my putter handle.

Then it is a matter of determining the pace and break of the putt and centering my putter head squarely behind my ball on my aim line, the line on which I want the ball initially to roll in consideration of the break.

Once my putter head is centered squarely behind my ball on my airm line, I connect my right elbow to my right rib cage with our changing the square alignment of my putter head behind my ball.

Then I keep my right elbow connected to my right rib cage, maintain my head position and spine angle and, then move my hands backward until I can  see the pre-determined  reference point on my left wrist, such as the leading or trailing edge of my wrist watch or sweat band, intersect the back of the ball to roll the ball very near the hole.

It indeed takes some dedicated practice to determine the specific reference point on your left wrist, when it intersects the back of the ball, to roll the ball a specific distance.

However, once you learn this Locked-In Putting™ System to lag your longer putts to the hole, you will improve your golf game enormously.

You can find more information about these golf putting instructions at

You will then know the significance of why I contend these to be some of the best golf lessons ever known.

Copyright © 2012 by Gordon Jackson  -all rights reserved


About gjackson

Gordon Jackson, founder of Locked-in Golf Inc., author of Straight Shooting Golf and 11 other books on golf instruction, and who has written more extensively about golf mechanics then anyone in the history of the sport.