They say that practice makes perfect and this is indeed the case. However, it’s important to understand that EyeGym does not train eyesight. Rather it is the ability to see what needs to be seen, and then acting on that.
You will know by now that 80-90% of decisions made in sport are based on visual information. This information is then processed and transferred into action.
Therefore here we address the issue of standing over your putts and feeling the incredible pressure of needing to sink them. We all know that a four-foot putt counts the same – which is one stroke – as a booming 300 yard drive, so use simulation and repetition to make sure you’re in the right space when you are faced with a putt of this nature.
Whatever your level of play, I’m sure you’ve experienced the feeling of playing under pressure on the golf course and especially. It is amplified when it comes to putting.
I have seen in my work with golfers that short putts can make or break your results and that they are an important part of training. This skill needs to be specifically practised.
Last month we showed you – and hopefully it has paid handsome dividends – the way to approach those two footers. Do between 10 and 50 such putts until it becomes second nature to you to not only see the ball disappearing into the cup but hearing it too.
TOP TIP: Find a straight four-foot putt on the practice green and keep sinking the putts. Your putting performance however has to have a some simulation of competition pressure, so the rule of this drill is to start at one each time you miss a putt.
Do you think this is easy? It’s not! It might take you longer than you think – but it is possible.
Once you get to 12, 13, 14 putts well, that’s where you’ll realise what pressure is. This drill will smooth out your short stroke and resolves the fear of missing short putts. Don’t give up until you’ve rolled in the 15th successive putt.
Once you have achieved this make your aim for 15 putts in a row from five foot …