Putting is such a personal thing, that it is difficult to have one definitive lesson or process that fits all golfers. If there is one thing that players like myself have figured out is that a pre-shout routine is critical to being a consistent and effective on the green. And, as such, when I do not follow my proven process to the letter, I can tell by how I miss my putt. Can you?
My pre-shot routine is very simple and works all the time. That does not mean that I sink every putt, but I have a very low percentage of 3-putts (at least in my opinion). I currently have a 29.72 putts per round, so I figure that my putting stroke is fairly solid. Having provided the good news about my short game, lets not forget that I am an amateur and still prone to making mistakes.
I my particular case, when I start missing most putts long and left, I know that my pre-shot routine is breaking down. It might be that I am rushing the process or just setting up wrong, however long and left is bad news for me.
It is as if my I forget what I am doing on the green and need to rush everything to get to the next hole. This is all good when I am rolling the ball perfectly, but during routine rounds this is not always the case.
One of the other mistakes I make when my pre-shot routine is off is setting up my putter head in a close position. I do this with my irons from time to time as well, but it is very noticeable with the putter.
In the past I have tried several different set up routines, but always reverted back to a basic routine that is easily repeatable. I believe that any of my golf processes need to be basic and easy to follow. What is the point of having a complex routine where the simplest omission results in a miss hit. This does not make any sense to me, so it is the basics when putting that really helps keep my scores low.
The other challenge I have from time to time is hitting my putt short. This error is simply mental. I am not reacting the speed of the greens and am not thinking about how hard I need to hit the ball. My hitting the ball short I am omitting my two basic putting tenets: ensure my putter head follows through twice as far as I take it back and always get the ball past the hole. Generally, I am missing these two important factors if I am hitting the ball short.
Putting is a very personal thing. I am fortunate to have cues that point out when I am not following my pre-shot routine. As stated earlier, when I for some reason stop using this simple process, poor things happen. Well, in the future I hope I recognize my mistakes early enough to make the necessary changes.
Do you have visual cues to help when you are making putting mistakes?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links.