If you keep track of your golf statistics, you probably know how often per round you suffer a three-putt. Odds are, the vast majority are caused by poor distance control.
Most three-putts occur not because the player misses the hole by a wide margin, but because he comes up at least three feet short or long. Typically, he stalks off the green cursing himself for the missed comeback putt, when he should blame the lag attempt which left him so far away.
Improving your distance control on the greens will not only save you strokes, it’ll reduce your stress. The fewer putts you face in the 3-5 foot range, the less pressure you put on your putting. This often creates a ripple effect that boosts your performance all the way back to the tee.
Any time you’ve got a putt of 25 feet or longer, the goal should be twofold: 1) Get it to the hole, but 2) Don’t knock it more than three feet past. Outside of making it, the ideal result is a putt that stops within 18 inches of the cup – tap-in range.
Distance control takes experience and practice to develop. This series features three excellent drills – in both text and video formats – that will improve your long-range touch and cut down your three-putts.