By Mark Hackett, Director of Instruction, Old Palm Golf Club Golfers often pull out a pitching wedge or sand wedge around the green, when putting may be a safer, higher percentage play. Thatâs especially true on the course at Old Palm Golf Club because the grass around the greens is usually tightly mown, making a chip or pitch even more difficult. To putt from off the green, even as far away as 20-30 feet, try the following: â¢ Stand more upright, allowing the putter to swing more. Youâll need to strike the ball firmer than on the putting green and standing taller will help you make a longer stroke. â¢ Grip the putter approximately 50% firmer. The tighter grip will encourage a firmer stroke. â¢ Play the ball in the center of your stance. This encourages a downward strike on the ball that will help the ball bounce slightly along the ground toward the hole.