It’s Time To Putt Your Best
On the previous page I talked about how Jordan Speith has potentially ruined his game by trying too hard to fix his putting. He’s obviously a very good golfer but he has fallen a long way from his best.
I now want to share with you a story about another modern day golfer.
Please go and read this article. It will only take a minute or so. Then come back. I’ll wait.
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This is one of the most profound articles you’ll ever read about the putting game.
Brad Faxon has introduced a brilliant learning model to Rory McIlroy. And it seems that Rory has embraced the coaching/methodology because he has again become the best player in the world (at the time of writing this) and done something positive to his putting game.
And it also highlights how simple putting can be. We don’t really need all the theories and technical advice. If we wanted, we could find a way to stand on one leg, with one arm behind our back and find a way to putt with a broom handle.
It’s just not that hard.
The key here is to get away from all the technical rubbish and let our learning system shine. To do what it does best.
And before I introduce you to my process for adopting a more natural and instinctive putting game, I want to get into the most important part of this manifesto.
The following is my greatest discovery and also my biggest regret. But just hang on one more second please.
I want to introduce you to two golfers. They are sort of based on me, but essentially, they could be you, or any golfer you know.
It’s Bill and Bob.
Here’s Bill’s story.
He’s smart, successful and wants to play his best golf. He can hit the ball quite well, but his putting game lets him down. A lot.
He three putts.
He misses the little ones.
He gets so nervous he can’t breathe
He gets anxious
He gets mad
He gets angry
And eventually he will let a few missed putts ruin his score/game/weekend.
Now let’s talk about Bob. Bob is a reincarnated version of Bill. A better version of grumpy old Bill.
Now Bob approaches golf in a slightly different, but highly important, way.
He too is smart, successful and loves playing well. The difference here is Bob is able to bring his A game to the course. And he can do it most of the time, when it counts. And he can certainly putt the ball under pressure (this is despite having a bad case of the putting yips a few years earlier).
Here’s an image that best showcases Bill and Bob. (you can click and see a higher resolution image of this below)