LEARN TO COMMIT AND HIT
There’s no good way on the practice green to simulate pressure putts. The trick to handling them is being prepared for the pressure. Your best defence is having a pre-putt routine and an awareness of how stress affects you.
Brandt might be the fastest putter in the game today, and there’s a lesson there. But he takes enough time to do three things I see in great putters: (1) He picks a line from behind the ball (above); (2) he tracks his eyes down the line as he makes practice strokes; and (3) he puts a firm rap on the ball – no long, wimpy strokes. I see him putt and think, Commit and hit.
The last thought I’ll share is that stress finds its way into the hands, so check your grip pressure. If you can keep cool, you’ll own the most important shot there is: the one that puts the ball in the hole.