The Psychology Of Missing Short Golf Putts (Video)
The Psychology Of Missing Short Golf Putts (Video)

We’re going to talk about something now which affects a lot of golfers and which quite frankly brings misery to thousands across the world. It's missing short golf putts. Now a lot of this is down to the psychology and how you are thinking about your putts. Technically speaking the short putt or three or four foot putt is so much simpler technically, and it is just by common sense easier than a three hundred yard drive over anything. But there are many golfers across the world who would rather face that drive than face that three foot putt. Now when you look at it that way, obviously there is a psychological issue when you are facing these types of shots. Now just to discuss it quite broadly, a lot of this is to do with the expectation that you have with yourself and with other players, the perceived expectation that they will have of you as well. Every golfer knows that when they're over that three foot putt, they feel that they should hold it.

They feel they'll be a little bit silly if they don’t. They feel that other people will judge them if they don't. And that brings its own pressure. If you are overshot and you are fearing the result because of what you might think of yourself and what other people might think of you as well. You'll not fully focus on the job at hand. You're not swinging freely, and you're not focused on what you need to do. You are fearing an outcome rather than focusing on the process. But that is the basic understanding of people who do miss short putts, but it goes much, much deeper than that. And overcoming this -- if it's something you've been suffering with for a long time is very, very difficult. So what we're going to be talking about is a little bit more about the psychology. We're going to be talking about some tips that you can use to hopefully overcome these bad putts, and even if you are at the extreme end of the scale and you do have the yips which we'll speak about as well, then this is something that you can have a look at. This is something that you can try. And this is something that will hopefully help you improve over the short distance of putting.
2016-10-31

We’re going to talk about something now which affects a lot of golfers and which quite frankly brings misery to thousands across the world. It's missing short golf putts. Now a lot of this is down to the psychology and how you are thinking about your putts. Technically speaking the short putt or three or four foot putt is so much simpler technically, and it is just by common sense easier than a three hundred yard drive over anything. But there are many golfers across the world who would rather face that drive than face that three foot putt. Now when you look at it that way, obviously there is a psychological issue when you are facing these types of shots. Now just to discuss it quite broadly, a lot of this is to do with the expectation that you have with yourself and with other players, the perceived expectation that they will have of you as well. Every golfer knows that when they're over that three foot putt, they feel that they should hold it.

They feel they'll be a little bit silly if they don’t. They feel that other people will judge them if they don't. And that brings its own pressure. If you are overshot and you are fearing the result because of what you might think of yourself and what other people might think of you as well. You'll not fully focus on the job at hand. You're not swinging freely, and you're not focused on what you need to do. You are fearing an outcome rather than focusing on the process. But that is the basic understanding of people who do miss short putts, but it goes much, much deeper than that.

And overcoming this — if it's something you've been suffering with for a long time is very, very difficult. So what we're going to be talking about is a little bit more about the psychology. We're going to be talking about some tips that you can use to hopefully overcome these bad putts, and even if you are at the extreme end of the scale and you do have the yips which we'll speak about as well, then this is something that you can have a look at. This is something that you can try. And this is something that will hopefully help you improve over the short distance of putting.