Most players reach that putting distance where negative thoughts start to creep in. Depending on your skill and confidence, that distance varies. Personally, my distance is around 50 feet or so, but that changes depending on the speed of the green, the undulations, uphill or downhill, or how I am playing that day. There are many influences, however 50 feet is my standard distance of concern. That, however, is not what most golfers think.
Recently, I conducted a poll and I was quite surprised at he responses. It appears that many golfers have the “No Fear Putting” view when on the green. They expect to walk away with no more than a 2 putt all the time.
I am not sure who fits into that 40%, but I like it! I like the confidence, moxie, and determination to never 3 putt. I can say that their approach (which is much like mine) to putting is perfect. It is important to be an aggressive putter and only let the influences of each shot affect the result; not negative thinking.
I guess the next question is how do we develop this way of thinking on the green. Personally, I always try to putt the ball past the hole regardless of the distance. This usually ensures that I have a reasonable putt coming back if I miss the first shot. Yes, sometimes I bang the ball farther past the hole than intended, but usually that is not the case.
Putting is as much mental as physical. If I can adopt the “No Fear Putting” approach or at least ingrain it more in my game, then I believe this will help lower my golf scores. Having confidence on the green is definitely a game changer. What do you think? Do you use the “No Fear Putting” approach on the green?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!