Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life -

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.

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