Stop Trying To Hole Putts!
Hold on now, isn’t that what we are meant to do?
Well, yes and no.
When you’re putting your goal should be for the ball to go into the hole.
But here’s the thing………if you want to know how to improve your golf putting, read on!
Have you ever hit a putt that you thought was perfect but for some reason the ball didn’t fall in?
So, you ask yourself what happened — didn’t you try hard enough? Maybe if you tried a bit harder the ball would have gone in.
Obviously that’s stupid thinking!
However, when I watch a lot of people putting, they are trying really hard! I’m not pointing fingers here either, because recently I’ve been guilty of this too.
Everyone knows that, with putting, there is a bit of luck involved.
You can hit a perfect putt and the ball may not go in.
You can hit a putt that you think was going to miss and it does go in.
So Why Do We Steer Putts?
When you watch the professionals on T.V, very rarely do you see them steer their putts. They put a nice stroke on the ball, hold their finish and they watch the outcome.
But most “average” golfers stroke the ball, never hold their finish and are trying to guide the ball into the hole with their putter and body.
Or, in other words, they are trying too hard!
Look, when you putt you shouldn’t overemphasise that you are trying to hole the putt. You shouldn’t say things like “I need to hole this” or “come on, try really hard to hole this”.
That sort of thinking creates tension and, when you’re tense while putting, for some reason the ball does not fall in.
Instead, Here Is What You Should Do…
Pick a line and pace for each putt and focus on hitting the putt along the line you’ve chosen with good speed, then let the outcome take care of itself.
Instead of trying to hole the putt you should be trying to do the task of putting as well as you can. Then, again, let the outcome take care of itself.
What I’m talking about is focus:
- Focus on something you can control, e.g. your putting routine, your putting stroke, your mental attitude, your line, your speed.
- Don’t focus on something you can’t control, i.e. trying to hole the ball.
Do this the next time you putt and you will hole more putts without trying.
However, this entire concept really does relate to every shot you you play.
Because, if you’re overly tense and steering your putts, you will, most likely, be overly tense on your drives, your iron shots, your pitch shots, your chip shots, your bunker shots, etc.
If, as you’re reading this and thinking about your golf game, you think that you’re often steering your shots and feel tense at the end of your swings, then this is a major problem for you.
And the only way you’re going to improve your golf game is by working on your mindset and learning how to hit shots with ONLY the necessary amount of tension.
EVERY golfer knows that what separates the good from the elite is the mental side of the game.
You know this is true.
Sure, there are the issues of natural talent, starting golf instruction at a young age with good coaches, disciplined practice, strength and conditioning and pure determination.
These are, without a doubt, vitally important factors.
But they are rather meaningless if you can’t hang with the big boys on the mental level.
The better golfer performs consistently well physically because he doesn’t screw up mentally.
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