#128 Web TV: Putting Tips – Overcome Nerves With The Short Putts

Putting Tips – Overcome Nerves With The Short Putts

You know when you get the ball really close to the hole? What’s more nerve racking, standing over a putt so that you can sink the ball into the hole, you’ve only got about a metre and you’ve really got to make the putt work, or standing on the tee and actually teeing off; which is more nerve racking for you?

I see people really struggling with the short putts.

I’m going to show another cool drill that you can go and work on that will really make a big difference to finishing off your game. Drive for show, putt for dough! This is where the dough is, putting.

This is the big area where I see people, or most people, fall down.

The one metre from the hole putt!

The reason for that is because it is so nerve racking, you have a lot of things going on in your head, you have to save that one shot. Even when you are standing over the hole for a birdie, it can be just as nerve racking because you really want the birdie or you want the par, or you want to save your handicap.

Whatever it is, it is incredibly nerve racking.

You’ll need five balls and I’ve placed a tee about one metre away from the hole.

This is where I want you to spend a lot of time working on your line and making sure you actually sink the ball into the hole.

Make sure you sink the ball into the hole from about one metre out, consistently. Most people can’t do it consistently and I want to make sure you do it consistently.

When you are one metre back, I want you to take the time to line the ball up. Do not pull the ball across and sink, pull the ball across and sink.

I want you to go through working on lining the ball up, because you are going to do that when you play anyway. You then, or course, should make sure you are doing it when you are out here in practice mode as well.

Remember, it’s all about practicing in training yourself to focus, it will become much easier when you are out on the golf course playing in competition.

Make sure you line the ball up, get set up, and then play the putt. If the ball misses the hole we have to obviously start again, because the challenge I’m going to give you, is you need to make sure that you sink the ball in the hole and then sink ten balls in a row into the hole.

Before you do anything else you have to make sure every ball goes in.

Sink the first one then realign and get set again, if the ball misses, then start all over again and start from zero. Start on the first putt again.

The challenge you want to give yourself is that you have to sink ten putts in a row, in the hole, without missing the hole before you can go off and do something else.

This is the secret to putting… get the short ones in the hole!

Have an absolutely awesome day, take care, and remember; Tee it high and Let it fly.

To your golfing success,
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Tiffany Mika

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4 Responses to #128 Web TV: Putting Tips – Overcome Nerves With The Short Putts

  1. Anne November 11, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    ThNks tiff your tips are very valuable and I look forward to them.

    Question I find I “go walkabout” for about four holes…have you got some tips on staying 18 hole focused.

    Also how to judge both chips and long putt distance……

    I play off 17 but feel these things are holding me back from getting lower.

    Thank you

    • Tiffany Mika November 11, 2016 at 9:46 am #

      Hi Anne

      Thanks Anne for the lovely words I do appreciate that you look forward to my tips and you find them valuable, that means a lot to me.

      Interesting question Anne about going walkabout. I have many tips on how to stay focused on the whole golf round which are incredibly effective. I am actually going to produce a monthly course on it for next year but I will give you some pointers now.

      1. Make sure you have a pre-shot routine in place – this keeps you more systemized.
      2. Make sure you have a particular way in which you set up to the ball and do it religiously – again keeps you systemized.
      3. Track your things like your how many putts you have on each hole, how many fairways you hit, how many shots it takes you to get to the green.(then you can analyse where the problem areas are arising)
      4. Mediation (incredibly important) – sit and breathe with your eyes closed for 5 minutes every single day.

      It’s not just one thing Anne that keeps the focus it is a series of elements that will give the results you are after.

      If you want to chat in more detail Anne just send me an email and we can even have a chat over the phone if you would like.

      Judging chips and long putts. I do have a few methods I teach on this… with your chip shots, create one swing length with your chip shot and practice that one swing length with various clubs which you will get various distances… work out what those distances are then when you are in front of the hole, you won’t guess, you will know what club to use and how far away you are.

      Putting what I suggest is to work on these distances frequently, 7 metre, 10 metre, 15 metre & 20 metre putts. Get these right then you will know how to approach those longer putts… I do teach in great detail at my Half Day & One Day Clinics about chipping lengths and putting lengths… but use these tips mentioned to get you started.

      Tiff 🙂 😉

  2. Julie Conlon November 11, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    Yep those short putts can cruel your game. If this distance is my 2nd or 3rd putt, I’m trying to make myself mark the ball and allow others to continue. Sometimes this is difficult in local comp as it may tend to slow the game down, particularly if everyone does the same. However, if it is a Stroke event I definitely ‘try’ and make myself more composed by marking the ball. Your thoughts. Also, whilst practicing I totally agree with lining up properly before putting each ball. It is so easy, especially, when warming up pre game just to putt balls without lining up etc.
    Thanks for your videos I enjoy your tips.

    • Tiffany Mika November 12, 2016 at 4:03 pm #

      Hi Julie and thanks for sharing your thoughts.

      A big YESSSSS! always line up your putts no matter how close you are to the hole. it’s all about attention to detail. I know and understand the speed of play thing, however I am not a fan of everyone stressing out over how quick they should be playing to run to each hole. That’s a big reason why golfers score poorly, it is unrealistic to rush through the golf comps… I could talk about this one for hours. Anyway, yes take the time, it’s a good move for you to take the time for your 2nd/3rd putt. let someone else continue so that you can re-line and re gather your composure.

      Use this drill as part of your practice and warm up regime. it will do wonders for when competing.

      And I am thrilled you are enjoying my videos 😉

      Tiff 😉

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