A Ten-Step Solution to Making More Putts
Lilia Vu led the field in Strokes Gained: Putting at the Honda LPGA Thailand, picking up 2.99 strokes per round on the greens.Getty Images
- As you hit your approach, or chip/pitch onto the green, continue to pay attention to how the ball reacts. Watch how it rolls until it comes to a stop.
- Look at your putt from the down-the-line view, or from behind your ball toward the hole. You are looking for the line the ball will move on its way to the hole after you hit it. Visualize the ball going in.
- After you look at the down-the-line view, from behind the ball, start to circle the hole in a counter-clockwise manner. As you hit the 3 o’clock position, stop and look carefully at the line from that angle. Visualize the ball going in.
- Continue your trip to the 12 o’clock position, or the opposite side of the hole from your ball. Stop there and examine. Visualize the ball going in.
- Continue to the 9 o’clock position. Stop there and examine. Visualize the ball going in.
- As you get back to your ball, make one more look from down the line. Then, position your aim line (you can use markings on the ball, or draw your own aim line with a sharpie) to the apex point on the line you have decided on. Visualize the ball going in.
- Make 2-3 practice strokes behind the ball and on your line. You are looking to make a practice stroke that will mirror the one needed to get the ball into the hole. Visualize the ball going in.
- As you make those practice strokes, all you are visualizing is the ball going into hole.
- As you get set over the ball to stroke your putt, say to yourself three times, “I am going to make this putt. I am going to make this putt. I am going to make this putt.”
- Stroke the putt. Listen for it to go in before you look.