Gerina Piller: Lag Putting

To shoot a low round, you must be able to lag putt well. Check out how Gerina Piller lag putt.


Transcript

We've got a pretty long putt here. This is a 50-footer. Normally speaking, when you tee off, you've had a little practice. You've got some idea where the green is. But how do you just roughly gauge it? Is there a way? Is there a half way speed?

I like to just, as hard as it sounds, is really use my ability. How many times do you have a foil ball, or a piece of paper, that someone says hey, throw at that trash can, and you do it. I don't think about how far I got to take it back, when I got to release it, or what not.

Nothing.

How many times do you roll things? You're standing here like OK, I got to roll it that far. And you just kind of like--

Let it go.

Throw it and go.

Yeah.

And you got to trust that you've practiced enough. You've got to trust that. And that's why you practice over there, because you gotta know if it's quicker, is it slower? Whatever the case may be.

And you said earlier that you do a lot of this when you're on tour, when you practice with right hand. So I'm sure that's comes into play right here, right?

Yes. And I think a lot of it comes with-- Lag putting is really focusing on, from the ball to the hole, and not from the ball to yourself.

I see.

Not trying to be so mechanically sound.

Yeah, stiff, or whatever.

I've got to take it back this far, and finish this far. Because if you look at it, you take different pros and their different strokes, and you can have them all hit the same length of putt, and it's all going to look different.

Yeah.

Different lengths.

No matter what.

Different speeds, different accelerations.

Different techniques.

Techniques, everything.

Everything.

And so again, I try to really focus on what's going on out there. And I spend a lot of time--

Back here.

Just looking at the putt. Looking at short distance, middle distance, and then the last distance, as far as the sections of the putt.

Yeah.

And really just OK, it's a little down, kind of levels out, and then at the hole you can tell it goes back uphill.

Yep.

And obviously, I've already read it, and it's not just, I'm trying to lag this. I am trying to pick a spot, and a speed that will make the putt.

Yeah. Yeah, exactly.

I'm not being over aggressive, and being like, I need to make this putt. But I'm trying to make this.

Yeah.

And if it doesn't make it, then I'm going to have good speed, and I'm going to be around the hole.

Your brain likes to aim at things.

Yes.

If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it for sure.

Yes.

Right?

Yes.

You'll hit nothing.

Correct.

Yeah.

Yeah.

It likes targets.

Yes. And so, I think really just focusing on my athleticism, and trusting that I know how hard to hit this.

Yeah.

So I'm going to go kind of at that little leaf thing that.

Yeah, I see where you're looking at up there.

And so, I'm just, when I'm over it--

That little, white, light colored one.

Yes. When I'm over it, I'm really just looking at the whole putt as the entirety of just what I want it to look like when it comes out, when after I hit it, and I look up. And that's pretty short.

And basically, you know as soon as you hit it, whether it's going to be either just right.

Yes.

Or too much, or too weak so.

Right.

And that's why you hit another one. You'll make the adjustments, and that's what you do when you're on the putting green. And I think that's good to know too right?

Yes.

The moment you hit it.

Yes.

See, there was your adjustment, right?

Correct.

Just a gimme.

Yeah.

You know the moment you touch the ball, whether it was too hard or too soft.

Correct.

Because that's all in here.

Yes.

It was all in there.