READ + ROUTINE
I think everything you do before you hit a putt should be done quickly. When I read the break, I do it from behind the ball and sometimes from the lower side of the putt. But I don’t like to look at it from the other side of the hole. That can put doubt in your mind about what the putt’s going to do. Once I have the line, I walk in, set up and hit the putt without hesitation. I don’t even take a practice stroke. I haven’t counted, but the whole routine from setup to putt probably takes a total of 10 seconds. In golf, the more time you spend thinking, the less smooth you become. You get tight and start to second-guess yourself, so I try not to stand over the ball too long.