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Lesson 1: The Terrible Two-Tier Putt

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Lesson 1: The Terrible Two-Tier Putt
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OVERVIEW

So you hit a good drive and knocked your ball on the green 30 or 40 feet away. That’s a successful hole so far, but it can all be undone with a dreaded three-putt. Long putts often have to travel over multiple tiers, which complicates an already difficult situation. In this video, Debbie Doniger shares her tips on how to handle tough lag putts and get down in two.

SWING THOUGHTS

On long putts, start reading the green as you walk in from the fairway
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Feel the green’s slope with your feet, always using your eyes, too
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Once you’ve read the green and picked a line, commit to it
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For downhill putts, move your target a few feet short of the hole; for uphill putts, a few feet past
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DRILLS

Lag-Putting Practice

  • Get a feel for widening your stance to support a longer stroke.
  • Play the ball slightly forward, stand taller and grip the club a bit lighter.
  • Hinge your right wrist going back, and allow the momentum of the swing to unhinge your wrists going through for more energy at impact.

Tap The Tack

  • At address, picture a thumbtack stuck in the back of the ball.
  • Take the putter back with a little wrist hinge, and imagine tapping that thumbtack into the ball.
  • You’ll learn to put more energy into the back of the ball and make solid contact.
Lesson 2: The Scary Pitch Over Trouble
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  • Reducing the moving parts in your pitch swing
  • Picking the right club for the shot
  • Connecting the size of your swing to the shot
  • How to adjust in bad-lie situations

Play Without Fear

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Lesson 1: The Terrible Two-Tier Putt
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Lesson 2: The Scary Pitch Over Trouble
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Lesson 3: Solving Three Tricky Chip Shots
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Lesson 4: Don’t Let The Rough Intimidate You
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Lesson 5: Handling Nightmare Driving Holes
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Lesson 1: The Terrible Two-Tier Putt
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Lesson 1: The Terrible Two-Tier Putt
  • How to use your feet and vision to read greens
  • Calibrating your stroke for repeatable speed
  • Improving centerface contact
  • The art of visualizing a secondary target
Lesson 2: The Scary Pitch Over Trouble
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Lesson 2: The Scary Pitch Over Trouble
  • Reducing the moving parts in your pitch swing
  • Picking the right club for the shot
  • Connecting the size of your swing to the shot
  • How to adjust in bad-lie situations
Lesson 3: Solving Three Tricky Chip Shots
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Lesson 3: Solving Three Tricky Chip Shots
  • Master the simple do-it-all chip
  • Using your hybrid to minimize risk
  • Adapting to different greenside lies
  • How to avoid chunks and skulls
Lesson 4: Don’t Let The Rough Intimidate You
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Lesson 4: Don’t Let The Rough Intimidate You
  • Hybrid basics for long shots from the rough
  • The key adjustments when you find deep grass
  • Knowing when the risks outweigh the rewards
  • One drill you need to improve from the rough
Lesson 5: Handling Nightmare Driving Holes
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Lesson 5: Handling Nightmare Driving Holes
  • The psychology of difficult tee shots
  • What to do when you just can’t miss right
  • Picking the best club for the risks at hand
  • Pre-swing exercises to reduce tension