Short Putts

Relax Over Those Tough Short Putts…

There is more pressure on those short putts than driving the ball or your approach to the green. And this is what brings those nerves out. One thing that can help you when you get nervous over a putt, is to lower your expectations.

Here’s what I mean by that.

Most recreational golfers are fixated on making every one of those short putts (2 foot, 3 foot, 5 foot, or 8 foot).

This causes you to put WAY too much pressure on yourself and creates an inability to relax during the stroke.

What you do for this, is to simply focus on putting the ball to an area around the hole depending on how far away the putt is. It could be a 2 foot, 3 foot, or even a 5 foot diameter around the hole.

Use whatever will give you the most confidence for making the next short putt.

The further away you are, the larger you can make your target area.

Forget about the hole entirely and just focus on the area around the hole you’ve chosen. And if the putt happens to go in – that’s just a bonus.

You’ll see the Pro’s doing this all the time with difficult long putts.

They putt the ball to an area that will give them the best chance of making those short putts that are left following the long putt.

They’re not actually trying to make those long putts. This takes a whole lot of pressure off if the target you’re putting to is a 3-foot circle (or 2, or 5, or whatever you choose) than a 4 1/4 inch cup.

Try this the next time you’re out playing. And remember – golf is just a game. It’s not life-or-death out there.

So take a deep breath. Stick to your routine. And above all – make sure you HAVE FUN as you stand over those short putts!


Practice those short putts at home on a putting mat.

Filed under: Putting Tips

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