Patton Kizzire - Lag Putt Drill (Part 1)

Patton Kizzire discusses how to lag putt effectively. In practice, he will put a tee down at the highest part of the break as a guide.


First and foremost, salag putt speed is really important. Making this putt, you're not going to make unless you have good speed.

Mr. Books says 70 foot, 60 feet, 60 to 1.


50 feet? 50 to 1?

So I want to visualize how going to get it, drip it in the hole. I'm obviously trying to get it in a small circle. If not in the smallest circle. In the hole, but I like to find the highest point of the putt, first. So I'm looking out to the top of the putt. Where is the highest point before it starts breaking down?

And you're going to walk it out there?

And when I practice I'll walk out here and put a tee down.

That's as high as she goes.

You're above it, because you're going to--

I'm trying to go above it. A cup above it.


I'm looking. And I get back here and I can tell I've played a little bit too much break.

Gone too high.

With the tee. So I'll adjust it.

There's a lot goes into these, guys. Yes he has a simple stroke. Yes he thinks very simply about his putting. But he's very detail orientated when he's practicing. It's already clear to see. OK.

I like to do it right. If I'm going to do it, I like to do it right. I don't want to be lazy. You know, if I have a chip shot from next to the green, and I have the wrong club, I like to go back to the car and get the right one. It's just something that I've tried to do. But I've picked out the highest point of the putt.

I'm agreeing with you there. That looks about right.

And I'm trying to go a couple on the top side of that tee. I've angled it to where we can feel on top. And then I'll pick about a halfway point between here and that one, and give myself another little god visualization help.

And it's not exactly straight, straight, either because you're seeing this on a curve. Like a corner around a corner, so you're going-- see that that's nice. I'm believing that. What you got going there.

Yeah they're fairly matched up. So I'm just trying to paint the line above these tees right here, to right there. And then from here, it'll be about right there when it's coming through.

So that kind of concludes on anything-- if you're worried about what you're seeing. Because right.

We're seeing what's there.

We're there.

Yeah. So I'm trying to go just on the right side of all these tees. All the way up to the hole.

And we haven't hit this putt. So you like to get this right. You told me already, you like to get this right on the very first time.

Exactly. I like to read it.

You don't want to hit 20 of these and then do this. You want this first go.

Right. You know a lot of guys practice their putting stroke and start an online and what feels good and all that. But you have practice your green reading, too. Because green reading is as important.

Probably the most important thing. Because you're never going to make a putt if you misread it every time.

Exactly. So I like to challenge myself reading putts. That's something I really enjoy practicing my visualization.

It's easy to see why, because you're so good at the mechanical part of the stroke, this is probably the only thing left right? Reading the green.


I would ask you how do you know how hard you're going to hit it, but you're going to tell me.

Yeah. When I read putts, I like to read them. I like to see the putt at the speed it's going to roll. I like to trace the ball along in the ground at the speed of the roll. As if you had already seen it putted.

It's not going to obviously go super far, and I'm going to go-- it's just the right feel. The right speed.

If I can imagine me already hitting the putt, and see in that speed.

How close do you think you've done here on this read?

I feel pretty good about it. Yeah. I think I can go about this far outside of all the tees. Let's see what we got.

Pretty close.

You're so good you're not even like that thrilled with that, are you?

No, no. I wanted to make it on the first one.