“Stop thinking that some new grip, a new putter or a focus on a perfect stroke will make you a better putter”
- How is a new grip, new putter or a focus on “your stroke” going to help you putt from 30 feet, down a fast, slopped-green to the hole?
- How is a new grip, new putter or a focus on “your stroke” going to stop you from “looking up” and decelerating the putter-head on a short pressurized 5-foot putt?
The new grip, putter or focus on the “stroke” have nothing to do with you getting the ball close or in the hole from distance, nor can they stop you from decelerating through the ball and missing a short-putt.
“No great putter has ever thought consciously about their hands or controlling their stroke whilst putting well.”
It physically can’t work out well; humans evolved to “feel and react with their eyes to a target or situation.”
Predominately we must switch of the conscious “must-do-this” controlling part of the brain and let our natural, creative flow of the subconscious brain take over.
The subconscious processes 40 million bits of information per second versus the “40″ of the conscious… yep, 40 v 40 000 000!
“Free-throwing in basketball” is a closed-skill just like putting (requires a quite, conscious mind so the subconscious can take over).
He knew by taking his “controlling-mind out of action” and relaxing his body, it would give himself the best possible chance of making-the-throw.
“90% of becoming a better putter relies on the four R’s: Reading, Routine, Reaction and Review”
Following a repeatable putting system on every hole (that you know and trust) will make you a good – or even a great putter – regardless of your handicap (as long as you put in a little effort into learning, testing and refining the process).
A putting system would include (among other things) the four R’s:
Reading (read the putt deeply)
Routine (same physical and mental routine for each putt; do you know yours?)
Reacting to the target then…
Responding to the outcome thoughtfully.
This is what the best putters in the World do. Copy them.
Look at what Ernie Els and Gary Player said about The Truth About Great Putting in this video below:
Key points from the video:
- Gary Player basically says your stroke, style of stance doesn’t matter; great putters have used different and not so “perfect-strokes and techniques” (think Nicklaus, Woods, Crenshaw, Bobby Locke; all totally different set-ups, strokes and used very different putters).
- But what is VITAL is that you are focused on Speed and Feel – like all the great putters have been preoccupied with – not technique or equipment.
- Ernie talks about how he had been struggling with his putting because his ROUTINE had changed. And most importantly the time from between his last look at the hole and when he pulled the trigger had got longer. It is vital to look and react.
Note that Ernie has turned his putting from diabolical (recent years) to good enough to win the 2012 British Open. He did this on the back of working with a “visualization coach.” Fancy that!
This is what great putters work on…
Because the putting-stroke is an extremely simple action, anyone – regardless of your handicap – can putt very well given the right keys to focus on.
What are you common mistakes; 3-putts – not getting long putts close; missing too many short putts? Let me know in the comments below and I will see if I can help you out.