How To Make Those Tricky 75 Footers
A super-long putt can easily turn into a 3-, 4-, or 5-putt if you do not approach your putt with confidence and
aggression. Here are some tips on how you can defeat a 75-footer.
For many golfers, the first step to sinking a long putt is to settle down their nerves. The best way to calm
golf nerves is to get to work reading the green and the putt.
To execute a long putt, you need to hone in on two things: distance and break. Begin by assessing the break
between you and the hole and determining the target line of your putt. You need this information before you can
accurately assess and establish your distance stroke.
If your long putt has a lot of break or several slopes, consider lagging the ball to within three feet of the
hole rather than holing it. This gives you a lot more leeway. If the green is relatively flat, focus in on holing
Long putts require you to get down low and look at the grass. You need to know if you are putting into the grain
or with the grain. This is crucial information for getting the right speed on the ball.
When choosing your target line, it is often easier to establish a point near you that is on the line that you
can use as a reference point to putt to. This allows you to set up for that target point instead of trying to set
up for something that is 75 feet ahead of you and virtually out of sight!
When you take your stance set the putter face first. Make sure the face of the putter is aimed correctly for the
target line that you have chosen. Once the face is aimed correctly, you can set your stance behind the ball.
It is important to remember to use only your arms and shoulders during the swing. Too many golfers get their
hands involved and this can lead to the putter opening or closing on you. Resist the urge to cock your wrist and
"flip" the putter at impact.
Bring the putter back smoothly, working your arms and shoulders as a pendulum. Follow through while keeping your
If your putt rolls short or long, don't fret. You did the best you could and there is no shame in that. The last
thing you want to do is get upset. This can lead to missing your next putt!
Keep in mind that most missed putts at this distance miss short. Unless there is a good reason for you to check
your putt, give the ball enough of a strike to get to the hole. The worst that can happen is it rolls past the
hole. But at least it had the chance to get to the hole.
Whenever you get a chance to practice your putting, add long putts to your session. This can be very useful for establishing your
putt stroke (for distance control) and will serve you well for years. If you can master distance control, you are
halfway to mastering any type of putt.
Have you ever walked onto a spacious green only to discover your ball so far away from the cup you need a
telescope to find the hole? Those are called monster putts, and for good reason. They are horrible and nasty, and
they will cost you plenty of strokes if you do not attack them in an effective manner.