How To Get Into The Zone On The Putting Greens
Becoming a great putter is easy to do and it is also your surest, quickest way to lowering your golf scores. Many golfers struggle with their putting which is so unfortunate because it really isn’t that difficult to become great at it. Solid fundamentals in your setup and your putting stroke will be a huge help to putting better. Golfers who have great fundamentals don’t always make all the putts they should though, and here’s why:
There is a mental component to great putting that needs to be addressed if you are serious about putting really great. Getting into the zone on the putting greens means your putting stroke and game seem to be somewhat effortless. Things are just easy and the ball rolls well on the greens. More often than not your putts are falling into the hole. You just wish you could have this great touch every day. Or maybe you see someone else putt like this and wish you could do it just one day. Regardless of which of the two scenarios describes you, it is very helpful to do a few things which can help you get into the zone.
Great putting mechanics are important and getting into the zone will be easier when you have good fundamentals in your putting stroke. Once you’ve worked on your technique, it can then be helpful to work on your feel and your touch on the greens. You should really never be thinking about your putting stroke out on the golf course and especially if you are in a match or some kind of competition. This is the time when you hopefully have practiced your putting beforehand so now you can start to trust it and let things flow naturally.
The putting stroke rhythm and tempo should be smooth and consistent. It’s very helpful to keep the same rhythm and speed of your stroke on each putt. It’s also a great idea to make your practice strokes as if they were actually your real putt. This will get your mind more focused and you can start to judge the speed of your putts better.
Sometimes I notice golfers will want to make putts so badly they will try too hard or try and force the ball into the hole. Trying too hard can make a golfer hit their putts too hard or steer their putting stroke, instead of allowing the putter to swing or putt through the ball. A golfer who has missed a lot of putts may do the opposite and simply stop trying hard. They may make careless mistakes because of not taking the time to read their putts. The best way to putt is to try just right. This concept is easy to follow once you get the hang of it. To get into the proper feel of trying just right, imagine trying too hard and not trying hard enough and sort of capture the feel of right in between. This is the best method for getting into the zone and making more putts. You are engaged but not so attached to your results that you get too tight or tense and steer your putts.
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