Routine and commitment will lower scores

Seen as it directly connects us with our score on each hole, putting is arguably the most important component of a good golf game. If we cannot learn to putt well, we will not realize our potential in golf. We need to work on it just as much as we do our long games.

By gaining confidence in your putting, you will see a big improvement in your short game generally. You will feel more relaxed, knowing that even if you don’t hit it to within 5 feet, you still have a good chance of making the putt. It will remove some of the pressure on other areas of your game and allow you to score better.

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Here are a few tips to give you the foundation to become a very good putter.

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.

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.

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.

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David MacKenzie

is a golf coach and golf publisher and lives in Washington DC. He is the founder of Golf State of Mind a teaching program designed to help golfers eliminate negative mental interference and play with confidence.

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