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Why Use the Pendulum Putting Method

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Short Putts

Making Short Putts- Overcoming the Pressure

The key to making short putts is to perform under pressure.  There isn’t normally much to reading the green, and you really don’t have to be concerned as much with the grass you are putting on, so is what makes them so tough in the first place is you know you ought to make every one of them.  If you make them, you are accomplishing what you should be accomplishing, and if you miss them you’re kicking yourself for the next two holes, knowing you dropped a shot you shouldn’t have.

Two Things to do for Overcoming Pressure

short putts

Do You Dread the Short Putts?

So how do you overcome this pressure?  There are two things to do.  First, develop a putting stroke that is as free from pressure free as you can get, and that will breed confidence.  Second, when you practice, put something on the line.  You can’t logically expect yourself to make putts under real pressure if you have never experienced putting under pressure.  And how do you do that?  You manufacture pressure on the practice green.  Not leaving the green until you have dropped 25 four foot putts in a row (or three foot putts, or whatever is a true challenge) would be a way.

To make for a pressure-immune putting stroke, try:

  1. Using a shorter backstroke and accelerate through the ball.  This will help to assure the putting head has less arc, and therefore less margin for error.
  2. Never let the putter head move inside or outside the target line.  Think straight back, straight through.
  3. Keep the putter face directly square to the line of your putt.
  4. Don’t peek.  Hear the ball drop in the cup, don’t watch it drop.

An excellent drill to keep the putter on the target line as described in number 2 is to place a short board parallel to the target line, then place a ball down an inch or so from the board.  Practice a short putting stroke with the toe of the putter sliding along the board from beginning to end of the putt.  That will keep the putter constantly on the target line.  Whether you are using a anchored putter, putter with a center shaft or heel shaft putter, you can use this practice drill to maintain your putting stroke.

Putting Out of Your MindWhen reading breaks on putts six feet or less, knowing the faster putt will break more than a slower putt, you have three approaches to hole the putt.

  1. Hit the ball slowly to the top of the hole, allowing for the most break.
  2. Hit the ball solidly to the back of the hole, eliminating as much break as possible.
  3. Use normal speed, choosing the proper amount of break for the speed you use.

Most golfers choose an approach without recognizing all the options, and not really commit to what they decide.  Try to vary your approach depending on the putt.  On sliding downhill putts, use approach number 1 in order to leave yourself a tap-in if you miss this tough putt.  On uphill putts, take the break out and be aggressive, using approach number 2.  For side hill putts, take approach number three, as even with a miss you should be looking at a short uphill putt, and at least avert total disaster on the hole.

 

 

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