One of the most common errors in amateur golf is not having a routine for each shot. Are you one of those golfers that has three practice strokes on the first green for a par? Then has no practice strokes when you have a putt for double bogey on the 18th?
This is a big no no! It is important to have the same routine no matter the circumstance. This is going to provide the best opportunity to make the putt and will also help you putt well under pressure.
This doesn’t mean that you should stand over the ball for 40 seconds after having three practice strokes, in fact the best putters in the world have relatively fast and free flowing routines. They see their starting line target, feel the speed and pull the trigger.
Aaron Baddeley has been ranked as one of the best putters in the world for a number of years and he doesn’t have any practice strokes – he relies on instinct and visualisation. He visualises the ball tracking on his intended line and dropping in the hole and then stands up and emulates that.
The above examples should not suggest that these are the only strategies or routines that will work, but whatever you choose make sure you can repeat it and use the same process for every putt!
Pictured is Harry Smith a Sandhurst resident and junior golf member, warming up his putting stroke before committing to the shot. Harry does this before every putt. Harry is a +1 player. Be like Harry! Create a routine!