When faced with a short, 3-5 foot putt under pressure to win a match many players of all levels “flinch” or try to “steer” the ball into the hole often with frustrating results. This is caused by a fear of missing which leads to “looking” or moving your head and eyes during the stroke.
One way to prevent steering is to keep the position of the cup in your mind’s eye as you make the stroke. Your vision stays on the ball, but your mind responds to the mental picture of the hole. Tiger’s dad at a young age told him “putt to the picture!”
If you have 5 minutes to practice before you play try this simple drill. Place a ball on a coin 3 feet from the hole. The objective is to control your eyes so that you can see the hole peripherally out of the corner of your eye while looking at the ball on the coin. Stroke the putt and before looking to see if it went in, continue looking at the coin on the ground.
Perceived “pressure putts” require trust and quiet eye control.
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