Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 580 - Wed. October 23rd, 2019
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
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If you don't take action, you'll never improve.
Prepare to play your best golf by doing something now!

Tom's Featured Tip: Self Belief and Putting
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Tom's Featured Tip: Self Belief and Putting

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

If you believe you are going to make the putt, the odds that you will make it are certainly higher than if you have any doubt when you are about to strike the ball.

This is not unique to putting but almost everything we do in life. It reminds me of Henry Ford's quote "whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're probably right."

The lesson we learn from this difficult to understand phenomenon is real and can actually improve our results on the green when we are putting.

The mental steps to make this happen are simply:
  1. careful observation of the situation confronting you,
  2. feeling prepared for the situation
  3. and confident execution of a good putting stroke
When you know that you have done all you can, you relieve yourself of any second thoughts.

This is followed by trust in your decision and your intuitive ability to make the stroke without the mind providing instructional control.

So how do you know that you've done all you can?

It would be nice to think that a good putting stroke would happen automatically after all of that mental preparation, but automacity only occurs after a lot of reps.

Over the years I've practiced my putting stroke a lot, daily when I was competing. I don't compete any more, but here's how I now maintain an "automatic" putting stroke.

My putting ramp is situated adjacent to my basement exercise area.

I actually have to walk around it to make entries into my workout log.

When I'm doing my progressive resistance training - which I do every third day - I do three sets of each of seven different exercises per session. After I complete three sets of one exercise, I stroke (twenty) seven foot putts before I move on to the next exercise. That amounts to 120 putts per session, which adds up to around 1,200 putts per month.

It's not a lot of extra effort, I'm there anyway and everything is set up. The result is that my stroke has become automatic due to the number of reps I've accumulated. I've read that it takes between 3,000 and 3,500 reps for a technique to become automatic, and I surpassed that requirement long ago.

As a result of this routine, my putting stroke has become automatic. Now I have complete confidence that I can maximize the very real benefits of self belief.

So Part Two of this week's tip is to buy a putting ramp and to practice your putting stroke on a regular basis. Place it somewhere where you see it (or bump into it) regularly, so that you'll use it regularly. 600 strokes a month could break down to 25 strokes per day, five days per week. It really takes a very small amount of time to accomplish that. In fact it's easy to do more reps than that, but for starters keep it bite sized and get it done.

Do that for five months over the winter (3,000 reps) and I absolutely guarantee that your putting stroke will improve and that your handicap will drop.

I do believe that there's an element of luck in putting, but I've observed that the harder anyone works at it, the luckier they get.

Do yourself a favor and become a great putter.

Just do it.


Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Pro, Plum Creek Driving Range & Practice Facility
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

"There are no substitutes in the quest for perfection!"
~ Ben Hogan