Major Prep Tips: Vary the Length of Your Backstroke to Become a Speed Master

Sean Lanyi teaches you how to use your stroke to control distance and speed on putts

The major championship season on the PGA Tour is almost over, with the best players in the world descending on Royal Portrush in less than two weeks for the year’s final major. But for the vast majority of golfers at home watching The Open Championship, the major season is just beginning. Now is the time that they’re preparing for their club’s Member Guest, Club Championship, Father-Son Tournament or local amateur tournament.

Obviously, you don’t have the time to prepare for YOUR major like the pros do; you may even struggle to get in a few practice rounds on the course beforehand. But that doesn’t mean you can’t adequately prep for your major beforehand in just a few hours per week. There are a number of different ways that you can practice on the range or at your home course to simulate the type of pressure and conditions that you’ll be facing in your big tournament. We asked GOLF Academy lead coaches John Richman and Sean Lanyi to provide a few tips on how the amateur can best get ready for their major, whether it’s a week or two away or four weeks out, and gain an edge on their competition.

Today, in the fourth of five video installments (see below), Lanyi heads to the practice green to explain how you can better control the speed and distance of your putts by varying the length of your backstroke. Calibrate the length of your backstroke to the distance the ball travels and keep the tempo of your stroke consistent, and you’ll be prepared to sink a lot more birdie putts when your major moment arrives.