Originally Posted by iacas
I disagree. Several studies show that people who aim for six foot circles or whatever have poorer distance control and accuracy than those who "aim small."
When hunting I wouldn't aim for the whole deer, I'd aim for a few hairs on the right line.
Agree with "aim small" after trying both a few years ago.
I think the key with long putts is aiming small and freeing yourself mentally, which frees you from tension. Whatever puts you into a relaxed frame of mind, do it.
I mean, thinking "I don't want to 3 putt this," is not going to work. Instead, use "I"m going to have fun with this putt, and go for it, put it in the hole. If it doesn't go in, that's okay, too."
I expect, have fun, and prepare to make every putt, knowing I won't ... make every putt. And that frees me.
Of course, you've got to set up to make a putt -- for example, standing over a putt for 5 seconds only creates more tension; it does not free you.
And then, there is the tension within the putt. If you're going so slowly with the stroke that you're thinking, you're done. Let it go.