Improve Your Putting By Developing Rock Solid Confidence On The Green

 

All of us have missed a short putt before. It is frustratingto miss something you know you can make! And most often a missed short putt can cause a chain reaction of bad play. Every golfer will have a tendency to remember a bad shot ata certain hole when he next plays that hole. Think of any short putt as a link on a chain that is a slack and being pulled tight. As the chain tightens each link is influencedby the one in front of it and influences the links behind it. What you must learn to do is break this chain of bad reactionsby silencing that inner voice. This inner voice will tell you all manner of ill-advised advice and you must build a new chainbased on memories of successful shots, not the failures of previous ones.

Next time, as you approach the green for your putt, do not speculate on what the condition or pace of the green is untilyou actually get there. Wait until you can physically checkthe conditions with your sight and touch. Here is where a key principle is at work. As you are consciously checking thegrass and the line to the hole, your memory is subconsciouslyat work, as well, accessing previous experiences with which to compare this one. Much of the time, the images that are being recalled are things that are best forgotten? Things like whether or not you hooked your last putt on this green, or pushed it on a prior hole. Indeed, I am certain that golfersmiss short putts purely because their memory, at the most awkward time possible, reminds them of the countless othershort putts they have missed.

Thinking of missed or bad shots sets your mind and body into motion to repeat that same missed shot. Instead close your eyes for a moment and clear your mind of those memories. Visualize yourself hitting the ball perfectly, feel the clubin your hand. Hear the ball hit the bottom of the cup. Thenopen your eyes, ready yourself and remember how you just sawyourself in your mind, and make the shot.

After the shot is sunk in the hole, take a moment and remember the putt, how you made it, make a vivid impressionin your mind. This training will become a link in the chain, and it will influence the next link (putt). When you are on the next green, recall the putt you made, and then repeatthe visualization of sinking this next putt. Thus, a strong"chain" is built - a successful chain. When you do miss shortputts from time to time, even though it is important to learnwhy you missed so you can correct it, do not think of that missed put on the next green. Dismiss it from your mind and follow the above steps. Soon you will notice a dramatic change in your short game as well as your overall confidence.

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