By David MacKenzie

MHI Golfer Question:

I am not very confident from 6 feet and in because I feel I have to make them which makes it easy to miss them.

How do I become more confident on short putts?

David’s Answer:

Short putts are probably the shots that players feel the most pressure over. To undo all your hard work of getting to the green by missing from a few feet is hard to bear. Some players also fear how they will look if they miss “an easy one”.

Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can feel more confident over short putts and see most of them go in.

Firstly, you need a solid pre-putt routine. I’m not just talking about the physical steps, I mean the mental too. Where your focus is before and during the putt is going to make a big difference in your success. If you don’t have a clear routine, then you need one. This will make every putt feel the same whether it’s for a birdie or a bogey. Your “process” has to be the measure of success, not whether the ball goes in or not. This will reduce your focus on the “outcome” (making or missing) and keep you focused on the things that are going to help you the most (visualizing the ball going in, being properly aligned etc.). If you’d like an example…

Read the rest of what David has to say about More Confident on Short Putts in the July 2018 Monthly Handicap Improver here: