Watch the top players in the world and they have the same pre-shot routine for every putt. The idea is that no putt should be any different from another. Getting into this habit and following a routine will help you in pressure situations, when you are more likely to focus on the value of the putt and lose focus on what will help you make it. For me, putting is an almost pure mental game. If you can learn to use your mind correctly for each putt you can hone these skills and become a very successful putter.
Here are a few tips to give you the foundation to become a very good putter.[subscribelocker]
1) Get the fundamentals right and use your routine to ensure these are correct everytime. The most important things to think about here are having a light grip pressure and a consistent ball position.
2) Be very decisive about the read. When you are over the ball, second guessing yourself will result in a poorly executed putt. Go with your first instinct and stick with it.
3) See the ball go in the hole in your mind. I find it best to do this during my practice strokes which helps me feel the speed. Make the number of practice strokes exactly the same before EVERY shot.
4) Focus on the steps of your routine and hit the ball solidly and you will have hit a good putt. Measuring the quality of your putting by this instead of the outcome will increase your confidence and make you a better putter long-term.
The key is to keep it simple and forget about working on the technique of your stroke. The best thing you can do is stick to your routine and commit to a clearly visualized line to the hole.
Denis Pugh, coach to European Tour players such as Francesco Molinari and Colin Montgomerie demonstrates the importance of a solid putting routine.[/subscribelocker]