I wanted to put together a series of golf tips and strategies to help the Average Joe better enjoy this crazy game we all love. A large part of this blog is going to be short tips like "How to Get Rid of Shanks" or "Stop Picking Your Head Up," but occasionally I will write some longer articles as well.
So to kick off this series, here's a tip that helps keep your score down that even I sometimes forget: don't take penalties. Generally speaking, penalties are strokes that inflate your score
It's this way, really. Before you look at the ball, right before you putt, you take a picture of the hole in your mind's eye, and when you look down at the ball, you still SEE that same image in your mind's eye. Then, as if you were looking at the hole, you putt "into" that picture in your mind's eye.
I was trying this out yesterday. Here was my step by step process
1. Take a few practice strokes next to the ball trying to feel out the putt
2. Look at the hole and try to take a mental image.
3. Set up to the ball
4. Glance back at the hole seeing the ball track into the picture
5. Putt with that intent.
Maybe it's correct?
Based on the past few days, I have learned I need to practice this putting to the picture skill.
Alternately, maybe do my long putts looking at the hole.
Also, I started picturing a picture frame at the apex of my putt. That's probably not what I'm supposed to be doing.