Putting Tips to Improve Your Accuracy

By Dr. Richard Coop

Visualize Your Putt

Have you ever walked onto a practice green and seen a thin line of chalk extending from the middle of the cup back to where someone was practicing their putting. I don’t think this is a bad idea if you are just practicing getting your putter head to go back and straight down the line; however, when you go onto the golf course in competition and you are trying to make putts it is a much better idea to visualize a much broader path going from your golf ball to the cup.

Widen the Path

I would encourage you to think about that width being about that of the cup. If fact, most putter heads today are almost exactly the same width as the cup. If you think about coming back from the cup to your ball with a path that is a wide as the head of your putter you will be able to make more putts. One of the things that this does is that it frees you up mentally and you don’t try to get so perfectionistic that you try to keep the ball on that very narrow chalk line. So visualize a much broader path from your ball to the cup and you will find yourself making a whole lot more putts in competition.


Category: Putting
Sub Categories: Practice, Psychology, Swing Plane

About the Instructor

Dr. Richard Coop
Dr. Richard Coop
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Education
CB 3500 Peabody Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500
Dr. Richard Coop is a mental instructor to countless PGA Tour professionals, including Payne Stewart, Ben Crenshaw, Mark O'Meara, and Nick Faldo. He is also the author of The New Golf Mind and Mind Over Golf.