putting mental game

Here Is A Great Way To Improve Your Putting Mental Game On The Greens

What’s your putting identity?

A solid putter, a good putter,  a poor putter, or a streaky putter?

The realty is that your self-perceptions have a huge effect on your performance.

 

Why?

Because like it or not we unconsciously make our beliefs come true for ourselves.

If you believe you are a good putter you do everything you can to make this a reality for yourself.

If you believe you are a poor putter you are much more likely to experience poor putting. Perhaps this leads you to focus less on the greens as you do off the greens. Or to try too hard on the greens.

Limiting beliefs can greatly affect and limit our levels of confidence.

We all know that our confidence has a big effect on our putting performance.

So what if you make it your goal for this coming season to make friends with your putting game and take on the identity of a good putter.

Changing Your Putting Beliefs

The good news is that you can change how you see yourself once you are aware of the limiting perspective you currently have.

These views of our selves generally come from past experiences that we turn into fixed expectations for our future.

This is where we make a big mistake.

The past does not dictate the future. Just because you have putted badly on  fast greens a few times in the past does not mean that you will always put badly on fast greens.

Action Steps Here is how to do it:

  • Step 1: Identify your limiting beliefs relating to your putting game.
  • Step 2: Replace them with more positive confidence boosting beliefs.
  • Step 3: Apply your new beliefs to your actual game using REFRAMES.

Step 1:

Identify and clarify your current beliefs and expectations. How would you describe your self in terms of your putting?

Some of these we are conscious about and some are more unconscious. Perhaps……

  • I am a streaky putter
  • If I start poorly then I putt poorly the whole round.
  • I loose by nerve when it really counts.
  • I can’t put well when others are depending on me.
  • I blow hot and cold
  • I struggle on fast greens
  • I don’t putt well on Bermuda greens

Here are a few exercises to uncover your negative putting beliefs and expectations.

Just try to complete these sentences:

  • I am a _______ sort of putter
  • My putting is at its best only when ______
  • I struggle with my putting when ______
  • Its hard for me to putt well when ______
  • Certain conditions make me putt badly. List them.
  • I am not a good putter because _______

Here are some clear examples of expectations and the negative effect they can have on your putting.

  • I will probably mess up my round with missing too many short putts.
  • I should not 3 putt or I get really frustrated and then I get worse.
  • I should not miss any 3 ft putts. If I do, I lose confidence in my putting that day.
  • Putting is just not my thing. Therefore, you set yourself up to put poorly.
  • I should have 32 putts or less per round.
  • If I make a few good putts early in the round then I know that I can put well today. If not, then I know my putting is off today.
  • I should make some of my birdie puts. If not, I start to loose patience with my game.

Once you have identified these negative and unhelpful beliefs and expectations, the next step is to be open to doubting them.

Step 2:

You can create some alternative perspectives. It is like putting on a new pair of glasses so you see the world through a brighter more positive filter. This is vital in competition. It’s ok to be more critical when we are learning and practicing but as soon as we Less good when we practice.

We want to stay positive while we compete.

It’s not the right time to learn something new. It’s simply time to play to win. Take of the gray cloudy glasses and put on your bright sunny glasses. We sometimes call these reframes.

It’s just a conscious choice and it can completely transform your putting game, which is so dependant on your confidence.

Examples of Positive Reframes:

  • “I don’t putt well on slow greens.”
    • REFRAME: “I am open to putting surprisingly well on slow greens today.” or “Lets see what happens.”
  • “I usually mess up my round with silly missed short putts.”
    • REFRAME: “I will do it differently today by focusing on the hole with each putt.” or “I know that using my routine is always the best way to make my short putts.”
  • “I should not 3 putt.”
    • REFRAME: “Even the best tour pros 3 putt. I will focus on my target and putt well on the next green.”
  • “I should not miss any 3 foot putts.”
    • REFRAME: “That’s not helping me.  It’s ok, I know that the more I stay focused whats going well the better I will play.”

Start to look for evidence that your new perspective is true.

See and feel your confidence increase and your putting scores decrease as you adopt a more positive relationship to your putting.

Take Action:

  1. Now you need to apply this to your game.
  2. Write out your new reframes on a card and read them to yourself.
  3. Practice using them while playing your next 2 rounds of golf.
  4. Notice how this helps you to play better golf.
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