Hit Your Golf Shot with the Confidence of a Gimme Putt

By Laird Small

Sink Your Gimme Putts for Practice

I have a reasonable putt here, it is a bout eighteen feet, boy it just did not quite go in. It is close enough and what do your buddies always say oh pick it up that is good. But what do you always want to do, you always want to go and hit that so you kind of get over here, sometimes with even one foot off balance and you hit it and it always go in. What does that tell you? That tells you that perhaps we have too much attachment to the outcome of the shot and the thought of picking up it is good gives you the freedom of just letting it go and slinging that putter.

Go Through Your Full Putting Routine

Now can you try that with your six or 10 footer that you have that might mean something to you, like you are going to win a bet with your buddies. Go through the whole routine, your grip, your stance, your posture, picking out the line, doing all that kind of stuff, and before you hit it can you just say to yourself, ok Laird, pick it up, it's good. That is going to give you a sense of feeling and confidence and trust to just let the putter swing and let it go.

Here is an interesting challenge for you. Can you take that same thought to the middle of the fairway with maybe a 5-iron to the green. Wouldn't it be interesting to play that way. Give it a try.


Category: Psychology

About the Instructor

Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650