August 16, 2012

Never Miss a Three Foot Putt Again!

We are going to talk a little bit about short putts-the putts we all know we must make but sometimes we do not.  Now with a show of hands out there in TV land, how many of you have missed three footer when it actually meant something?  To lose a bet-the first three footer to make your first eagle or whatever it is, if it is significant, your mind starts to work.  You start thinking negative thoughts “Wouldn’t it suck to miss this putt?  The whole world-heaven and hell-is expecting you to make it and here I stand with my knees knocking and my palms sweating.”

There is no physical reason why you should miss a three-foot putt.  The answer is psychological and this drill will help you overcome it.  Take a three iron or your longest iron and lay it in front of the hole. Try to find a straight putt and put your ball at a 90-degree angle.   What we are going to try and do it is find a pace that successfully that knocks your ball over that shaft and into that hole.

The physical part is in finding a nice, aggressive pace to make the ball go in.  If I am too tentative, clearly it is going to bounce back to me.  If I am too aggressive, it is going to jump all the way over the hole.

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Now what this does for physically is give me that nice pace.

What it does psychologically is if I make a bunch of putts from three feet, knocking it over the shaft of my three iron?  What does my mind says when this club is gone?  The whole act looks a lot easier.  The hole just increased in its size psychologically.  I am going to step up and say, “How in the world can I miss this?”

That is the mindset you want to have as you come up to putt.  This drill will help you get over some of that fear and put your mind at ease.

This article was written by Seth Glasco
Seth Glasco is one of the world’s top golf instructors having taught golf in 24 countries and 38 states.  Seth has worked for the internationally acclaimed “Golf Digest Instruction Schools,” he was on the original teaching staff of the “Nicklaus/Flick Golf Schools”.  Seth is currently the Director of Instruction at Stallion Mountain Golf Club in Las Vegas, NV, as well as ‘swing coach’ for the Hong Kong National Amateur Golf Teams

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