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Improve Your Lag Putting

The Cascade Golfer Cup rolled into Gamble Sands last week, which meant the Cascade Golfer staff did, too — we’re certainly not passing up an excuse to visit the No. 1 golf course in Washington state, and call it work.

And while we generally scored well — as almost everyone does who plays Gamble Sands (assuming you stay out of the sand), a credit to its wide fairways, friendly backboards and greens that, while as much as 60 yards deep, don’t break as much as you think they will — there was one aspect of our game that we realized needed a little work: lag putting.

With greens that large, it’s not uncommon to stare down a 50- or 60-footer. And knocking it close can mean the difference between two putts and three (or, gulp, four), potentially cutting or adding a half dozen strokes or more to your game.

In this week’s Cascade Golfer Tip of the Week, the gents at share a practice routine you can do on the green before your round to help dial in your feel on those long putts, and develop a repeatable stroke.

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Tips For Better Chipping

Let me just say this first — if you came here looking for a gimmicky grip or motion, or some other one-step trick to improve your chipping, you’re in the wrong place. But, that doesn’t mean that chipping has to be complicated. Keep a few simple thoughts in mind, and you’ll be knocking […]

How To Hit Low, Penetrating Drives

It’s Open week, and that means that golfers traipsing around Royal Birkdale can expect plenty of wind blowing in off the Irish Sea. It’s something that we’re plenty used to around here as well, where the wind often picks up in afternoons, particularly closer to the water, or on the plains of […]

Tips for Tall Players

If you’re tall like me, then the odds are good that you have a steep swing plane. That means you’re more likely to chop down on the ball, hitting a slice, while also costing you distance. It’s not our fault — we were born that way, dang it! — but that doesn’t mean […]

How to Strike Your Irons Pure

Over the last year or so, I’ve lost about 20 yards on my irons. It wasn’t hard to figure out why — I changed my swing a little over the last two years and have been hitting the ball straighter on average, but I’m now striking the ground just behind the ball instead […]

Common Mistakes At Set-Up

Last week, we talked about common grip flaws and how to avoid them. This week, we’re continuing the theme with some of the more common mistakes golfers make during the set-up — some grip-related, yes, but also foot position, body alignment, etc. It’s amazing how often our swings are doomed before we’ve even taken […]

Common Grip Flaws and How To Avoid Them

Many of the most common swing faults start the second we place our hands on the club. It’s not something most golfers think about too often — we’ve all picked up a golf club thousands, if not tens of thousands of times, and our hands automatically go to the same places every time.

But, […]

Lefty’s Tips For Lag Putting

If you wanted advice on designing software, you’d ask Bill Gates. Likewise, if you’re looking to knock down more three-pointers, you’d talk to Steph Curry. And if you’re looking to work on your short game, you’d go to Phil Mickelson.

So, that’s what we’ve done this week, in response to a question about drills […]

Add Distance to Your Drives

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that I don’t hit the ball quite as far as I used to. Now, some of that, certainly, is due to the fact that I don’t bother stretching or warming up before most rounds — my body is back is basically a rigid board that I spend […]

How To Play From Wet Fairways

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Use Water Bottles to Stop Your Slice

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