Never Up, Never In
There is one sure way to miss a makeable putt, and that’s to leave it short. We typically attribute a putt that comes up short to being tentative or even a misstrike, but in fact the way we read and assess putts is often the root cause. Change your picture of the putt to become more assertive on the greens.
We naturally focus on the area between the ball and the hole because it represents our read. But this tends to mean our picture of the putt ends at the hole itself. This can lead to putts dribbling up short. Extend your picture past the hole to develop a more positive mindset and stroke.
EXTEND THE PUTT
On the practice green, create a secondary target – holesize discs are effective, easy to make or cheaply available – and put it 18 inches or so behind the hole. Instead of putting to the real hole, putt to your disc. You will be amazed how many of your efforts, running freely and holding their line, find the actual cup. Use this same visualisation on the course.