ALWAYS MAKE IT IN YOUR MIND
Everybody talks about how fast I putt. It’s true, once I have the read down and know what I want to do – boom – I’m into my stroke. And I’d bet a quicker routine on pressure putts would help you, too. More time just means thinking up more ways to psych yourself out.
I feel like I have an advantage on the greens, even over the best players in the world, because I think I’m going to make putts. You can choose to think positive or negative, so keep it upbeat. I tell myself things like, You’ve done this 10,000 times or That read looks perfect or Keep the face looking down the line. Simple, positive thoughts that put me in a great frame of mind (below).
I want to downplay the importance of the putt, take the door-die out of it, and keep it to the simple act of starting the ball on a good line. Nobody makes them all, but I make more than I would grinding or trying to be perfect. Less is more on pressure putts.