Improve putting by learning how to stay patient.
How good is your patience when the ball doesn’t drop for you?
I am working with an elite golfer who has a few challenges with his patience on the greens.
He is a great ball striker and hits many greens in regulation. Some days his putts don’t seem to drop as much as he would like.
The common response to this situation is to look for a reason that the ball is not dropping.
We can start to doubt ourselves to some degree.
This doubt can be a recipe for disaster as we try to tweak are putting action or grip to fix the so called problem.
It sometimes leads to us unconsciously trying a bit harder to get the ball in the hole.
This trying gets in the way of our natural ability and leads to more misses.
I believe that often we don’t have a technical problem at all. We have a problem of PATIENCE and TRUST.
The greens are not perfectly flat and even if we hit a great put on a great line it may still not go in.
My suggestion is to find ways to stay fully trusting of your putting stroke and routines at all times while competing.
By all means get your putting action looked at when you have finished playing.
How can you stay patient and trusting of your putting process while competing ?
- Pick one aspect of your putting routine that normally helps you to put well. EG: A smooth putting action, focusing on the precise entry point of the hole, a deep relaxing out breath just before you stroke the putt. Make a decision to use this one aspect whenever you feel a sense of doubt or frustration creeping into your game.
- Create a simple internal ANCHOR sentence that will help you stay patient and trusting. EG: “My putting is solid I follow my routine for best results. Breath and trust gets the ball in the hole.”
- Make sure you practice your putting effectively so you really know that your pre-putt routine is solid and your stroke is good.
- Keep effective putting stats so you have factual information to review your putting performances over time.
- Don’t let your putting confidence be affected by any one round. Remind yourself of how good a putter you are.
- Ask yourself what do you do and say on the days you are able to stay patient and trusting. Do more of that.