2015 Masters Recap - Avoid The 3 Putt - JJ

Posted by JJGOLF on April 14, 2015

2015 Masters Recap - Avoid The 3 Putt - JJ

Apr 14, 2015


       Students & Golfers, 

             I hope you all enjoyed what was a fairly dominate performance from a young man at Augusta this past week/weekend. After Friday, I made a bold statement that he would not lose this tournament, and only a few could take it from him. Well... He stayed committed to his process and felt the inner glaze of a green jacket sizzle his skin late Sunday. What a great feeling, for a great young man... 

   All that being said, I want to share with you one area of Jordan's game that keeps him around on weekends and allows him to dominate when all areas of his game are in order... 


   Jordan isn't the longest hitter on tour (I wouldn't say he's short however) and clearly he isn't classified as a veteran (yet) but will be in no time. We all understand he has a sharp mind, well balanced lifestyle and speaks as if he's in his mid 30's qualified to win on any course. He makes a barrage of birdies and currently ranked #1 in scoring average. All that being said, I've done my research on what attribute keeps him around or leading most tournaments... 


   He's currently ranked 10th in 3 putt average, #1 in putting average, 1 Putt Percentage he is ranked #2, and ranked #1 in putts per round for 2015. 

 He has stated clearly on many occasions he despises 3 putting and works hard at understanding the greens at each event to avoid a 3 putt. You can imagine the other top rankings he owns, is from hitting his first putts so close that 3 putting is rarely a challenge. Nice work young man. He surely plays the game to his strengths and challenges the greens every time he's scoping the dance floor. 

 So... Let's take a look at 2 specific things you can do to improve your ability to 3 putt less from a distance.



    When practicing your lag and or long putts (30, 40, 50 feet or more) you have to bring a sense of visualization to this specific putt. First let's take a look at the stance. In your normal stance the feet would be slightly apart to feel stable and connected when making 3, 4 and 5 footers. Most likely you would remain to keep that stance all the way up to 10 & 20 foot putts.

Part 1: Let's widen the stance anywhere from 4 to 6 inches more than your traditional putting stance at setup. With a wider stance you can now match the stroke better with the take away and follow through freeing up your tempo and fluidity in the stroke. Never should we feel as if we are firming a putt when stroking a putt at a lag like distance. Widen the foundation so you can have a sense of a longer take away and follow through matching the width of your feet.

Part 2: Here's the meat and potatoes in which separates the pars from bogey chasers.This will also build confidence in tap in birdies from eagle attempts. It's a drill I have my students work on geared around visualization. Rather than looking at the hole with a hone like look of "making the putt" I want you to visualize the hole as the size of a basketball. The Golf Hole is 4.25 Inches in Diameter. A Basketball is 29.5 to 29.875 inches. When lag putting, if you visualize a larger target around the hole, you're more likely to hit it within that specific target then leave it short, blow it past and or get lost in your stroke. Almost all putts that are made from a lag like distance are luck over skill. Numbers don't lie. I don't have the exact numbers of percentage of putts made from over 30 feet on tour, but I can tell you the numbers are pretty darn good with how close they are within the basketball range then making a lag putt.

So let's get to work....

Work on applying more width in your stance at set up and visualizing a larger target (Basketball like) around the hole when lag putting. Truly feel yourself stroke putts to that distance in diameter then trying to hole out putts from that range. Setup, Visualization and Acceleration are the most important elements to better your distance control in Lag Putting.



​You can start from a distance of 30 feet then graduate to (40 feet, 50 feet and so on) once you have hit 3 putts within the circle. The most challenging part is putting in the time to gain a sense of feel​ and consistency in stroke relative to distance. Do yourself a favor and put in 30 minutes on the range 2-3 times a week specifically working on your putts from a distance. You will be better for it. 



​Don't hesitate so get a session in with me geared around the dance floor. Let's be honest, we could all spend more time bettering our work on the greens. 



Category: Putting Tips