Do you want to hole more putts and not just get a useless gimmicky tip that doesn't get to the core reason your putting is lacking? Read on!
Putting is considered to be the game within the game, but I would rather see it as another skill that we have to learn on our journey to reaching our true potential.
Putting, unlike most golf shots requires very few physical attributes, after all, we are rarely faced with a putt that would require more strength than most people possess.
To be a great putter you must think like a good putter, and although that may sound obvious, you really do have to improve your thinking to reap the rewards of hours spent on the putting green.
I find that the difference between good putters and poor putters lies with the mind, rather than the technique. There have been some golfers that have had a wonderful technique yet never really seemed to dominate the putting green, whilst there have been techniques that would be considered to the orthodox teaching methods that should not work, but do and very well under pressure.
If your putting is letting you down I want you to consider changing the following aspects;
1 – Believe that you can putt well. Belief and confidence are two different things. You can believe that you can do something and yet lack the confidence when you come to do it, due to past experiences and negative reactions.
For example, if I asked you can you hole a 6-inch putt to win the club championship the answer would be yes (You believe you can do it), but when it comes down to the crunch your confidence dictates whether you will actually hole the putt. If you feel the pressure and remember the previous hole where you missed from a few inches you are likely to be low on confidence and miss.
2 – Not all great putts go in – This is the one biggest mistake that amateur golfers make when they react to a missed putt.
“A miss must mean that I put a bad stroke on it!”
You can hit the putt exactly as you intended to, but for one reason or another (miss-read, miss-judgment of pace or poor green surface), the ball does not drop into the hole.
You berate yourself and your inability to hole putts, when you did everything right, as you had intended to do.
A bad putt that goes in is viewed the opposite way. Which leads to the final aspect that you need to change.
3 – Awareness
Awareness is the only way that you are going to become a better putter, without it you will not really know what is causing your putting woes.
I want you to become aware of what is happening within the stroke, notice if you use your hands during the stroke, be aware of how the ball feels off the clubface on both good and bad contacts.
Notice if the ball jumps and then rolls and if it starts on your intended line.
Doing this will make you a more confident putter and help you to lower your scores.