And I used to absolutely hate it. I used to think that no matter how much time spent on the putting green, that it would never really translate to on-course, or tournament conditions. I'd think to myself, "I could sink putts all day long on the practice green and be at a total loss in a round. Why do I even practice putting?"
But, I've had a break-through and complete change of heart. I haven't been able to work on my swing for a weeks because of an injury to my hand so all I do is putt now and have developed a really fun routine.
100 short range putts (1'-3')
50 mid range putts (4'-8')
18 "holes of golf" (10'-35') Playing 18 holes and seeing how many one-putts I make, pretending they are birdies. My record is 8under so far
18 ultra long putts (35'+) Trying to hole each putt, but also making sure I two-putt at worst.
With each segment, I go through my putting routine as though it was an actual putt on the course. And that's where the break-through came to me. Some of you may be thinking to yourself "uhh, duh Ben". But this really clicked for me. By acting out my entire routine I feel as though these putts actually mean something. I feel great and overwhelmed with a sense of accomplishment when I roll in putts number 100 and or those long biridies. Its not just me making meaningless putts anymore.
On top of that I got some really good putting advice from a guy I played with named Berry Henson. He's had some Nationwide and PGA Tour experience, along with Canadian Tour and just passed Asian Tour Q School last week. Anyway, this guy can putt! In our round that day he was 8under after 10 holes! After my round we were sitting down for lunch and I took the chance to ask him how he was so good. He was nice enough to give me some pointers and I took that to my game. I started making putts and felt a new confidence. Now that I've put this routine in play, I actually feel like a great putter. Where before, I had the confidence in my short range putts, but not so much in the long range guys. Hooray for putting and putting practice that actually works!