Putt for Dough

“If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way”- Henry Ford

Confidence While Putting!In earlier posts, I outlined 5 steps on the mechanics of a great putter.  As every amateur knows putting is extremely important when trying to break 100, 90, 80 or 70.  All things being equal, if your putting is on, your score is low.  So how can the average golfer elevate their putting so that a great day is a normal day on the green?

George Beardsley suggests that speed is most important on long putts and line is the most important on short putts. He also provides a couple of drills to help with your putting that might be worth a look.

The Putting Doctor, Joseph P. Bermel Jr, suggests that pre-shot routine and alignment are the most important aspects of putting.  He also says visualization and practice are strong enablers for great putting.

Peter Sanders reported from Jack Nicklaus that “regardless of the distance of the putting opportunity, the correct distance is the most important factor in success.”  It reduces three putts and increases the chances of a one putt.  Averaging no more that two putts per hole is ideal.

Well that about covers a wide range of what the pundits and experts say about putting. Further research could uncover another 100 revelations.  Each of the experts is correct, but it may not be best for you!  It is difficult to determine what exactly is required to fix a putting stroke; after much trail and error a solution may be found.

What is the most important point of putting?  On those great days when the hole looks like a manhole; the greens are easy to ready; the greens all run true and are consistent; your stroke is smooth and in control all the time – what is the key?


Confidence in your ability to hit the ball on-line, with the right speed and far enough to sink the ball.  The first trick to gaining confidence is removing all doubt.  The word ‘can’t’ never enters into your head ever when playing golf.  Start today.  Think positive about your putting, focus on the what works, practice the things that are challenging and work on your putting mechanics.

No matter what – be confident that you are a great putter!  If you do – great things are going to happen!

I am a grateful golfer!  See you on the links!

5 thoughts on “Putt for Dough

  1. Jim – Good work, as always. Mechanically flawed as my stroke may be, I only really get confident when I’ve put in some time on the practice green. I’d like to think I’m a good enough putter to just play golf and the stroke will take care of itself, but the little voice inside my head knows better. Interesting timing for me for this article; I just penned my own column about the absurd variety of putters on the market for those who lack or think they can buy putting confidence. Dave.


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