Because putting ultimately determines the score we put down after each hole, it’s really important that we use the a solid putting routine to maximize our chances of success. If we can learn how to putt with freedom instead of fear, we will shoot lower scores.
By gaining confidence in your putting, you’ll remove some of the pressure on other areas of your game and allow you to score better. You only have to look at the strokes gained numbers on the PGA Tour and it’s usually the player with the best strokes gained putting number that are near the top of the leaderboard.
The Putting Routine
Here are the steps of a putting routine to give you the foundation to become a very good putter. If you’re interested in a complete training guide to better putting, check out the Golf State of Mind Putting System.
1) Get the fundamentals right and use your routine to ensure these are correct every time. The most important things to think about here are having a light grip pressure, consistent ball position and good alignment.
2) Be very decisive about your green reading. When you are over the ball, second guessing yourself will result in a poorly executed putt. Generally speaking, go with your first instinct.
3) Visualize the ball go in the hole in your mind. I find it best to do this during my rehearsal strokes which helps me feel the speed. Hold onto the look and feel of the putt while you’re over the ball, to keep your mind quiet and “athletic”.
4) Focus on the steps of your routine and hit the ball solidly and you will have hit a good putt. Measuring the success of your putting by the quality of the putting routine instead of the outcome, will get you into the habit of process focus, to reduce your focus on the consequences of making or missing.
Follow this putting routine and you’ll hole more putts, increase your confidence and lower your scores overall.