Putting - Every Putt You Attempt Should Be Driven By Confidence
December 5th, 2016
You have probably heard this advice before, but it is worth repeating: Every shot you hit a golf should have a goal behind it.
Your scorecard can only be improved by increasing your skills and having an understanding of just how to properly prepare and push yourself on every shot you make. You should be asking yourself: What d I expect from this shot? What is a reasonable result?
Reasonable Goals To Better Your Score
The key to becoming a better golf player and lowering your score is to totally avoid taking too many putt shots on the green. Regardless of how well you can skyrocket the ball from your tee shot and landing it on the green within regulations, if you take an unacceptable amount of strokes to get the ball into the hole, the opportunity to better your score has been wasted. There is no excuse for this.
The Initial Goal
Do not confuse goals with expectations. An expectation is an action that is reasonable and one that should happen every time you decide on the outcome. A goal, on the other hand, is something in which you are reaching high for, but may take a little time to reach. Once reached, the goal can then become an expectation through repetition.
The initial goal you should have in golf is to send the ball into the hole within 36 putts or fewer, on an 18 hole course. This means that you must hit two putts or less on every green.
This goal obviously becomes easier to achieve the closer you can hit the ball to the green, but those times where it lands 30 to 50 feet away from the hole, you've got yourself a major feat to accomplish. It's going to take extreme focus to make long putt shots successful.
Make Every Putt Count
By accepting the challenge of this article to play every golf game with the goal of 36 or fewer putts, you've taken a big step towards improving yourself and your skill. However, do not let this challenge get in the way of your confidence.
When facing a long putt, you may have the tendency to get lazy and lose confidence in knowing that you could make the shot. This may cause you to swing at the ball in a halfhearted matter and quit your goal before even trying.
Too Much Confidence Can Hurt
Even if the shot appears to be too easy, the same negative outcome may happen as well. You may have been very successful in getting the ball close to the hole, but feel overly confident and attack the ball with too much aggressiveness. Instead of staying focused, your overconfidence and lack of concentration may cause an easy 2' foot putt to completely miss the hole.