Putting-iq
  “The putting game becomes difficult when you try and consciously control the putter, think too much about what you’re doing, and take too long over the ball.” Cameron Strachan

PUTTINGiq

The importance of putting; a personal perspective

As a professional golfer I kept STATS of all my performances and I recorded them after every hole. Once I had finished the round I would analyse my STATS and reflect upon my round to see what I could improve for the next event. I would look for patterns in my play and look for causes of performance (good or bad) and what surprised me the most was that the first two columns (my fairways and greens hit in regulation) would influence my overall score very little. It seemed that it did not matter how I struck the ball, it didn’t really make a difference to my score or my cheque.

What did make a difference and was directly related to my score were the number of putts I had taken and the amount of ticks in the chipping column (for successful scrambles). If I had putted and chipped well I would normally shoot a good score and make a decent cheque. The problem was I spent most of my time working on perfecting a golf swing to hit more fairways and greens when really it wasn’t making much of a difference to my score or performances. Once I realised this I dedicated less time to finding the perfect swing and more time to working on my short game. Once I did this I became a happier player, less critical of bad shots and my stroke averages tumbled.

MENTAL TOUGHNESS TRAINING (MTT) THROUGH PUTTING

MT is a key component of excellent performers and players who possess MT perform better, are more motivated and confident than those who do not. This unique training day provides players with an understanding of MT, how to develop MT skills and how to apply this to golf performance. MTT enables players to develop key skills to perform better in tough situations (i.e. in contention, under pressure and handling set-backs) which act a barriers to playing well and achieving goals.

The day is practical and player led consisting of pressurised skill tests and competitive games. This is a unique, tried and tested coaching day suitable for all golfers with a desire to get better. The results are remarkable and the feedback has been fantastic. On some of the tests putting performance (the ability to hole out under pressure) has sometimes improved by as much as 75%. In addition, players have commented in how attending MTT have helped their competitive games on the course and not just their putting performance saying that they felt more in control and less affected but stressful situations.

An example of this is shown in the two videos held at a Myerscough Golf College.

In video 1 the golfer (in the background) is attempting to pass a putting MT test but he is demonstrating;  
  • Poor emotional control
  • Ineffective concentration techniques
  • Reduced Performance
In video 2 the golfer has had the opportunity to develop key MT skills and he uses to great effect here. He demonstrates;
  • Excellent emotional control techniques
  • Effective focus control
  • Increased performance
  • Enhanced confidence from passing the test and the skills he performed. This results in improved self-efficacy in future events

The mysteries of putting

Putting is the most mysterious part of the game and not many people can claim to be in control and really understand why they putt well or badly on certain days. Neither is it a technically demanding part of the game and when you think about it the task of the stroke itself is relatively straight forward. The stroke is only a few inches long!! You also do not need to be strong, powerful or flexible and as a result anyone can stroke the ball to a high level…..in theory! Most of the mechanics of the putting stroke take place during the set-up and as long as you can get your body into a decent position, point it and your putter head in the right place, then really, the shape of the putting stroke takes care of itself. Why then is it so difficult and why can we not putt consistently well over a period of time?

“I’ve heard people say putting is 50 percent technique and 50 percent mental. I really believe it is 50 percent technique and 90 percent positive thinking, see, but that adds up to 140 percent, which is why nobody is 100 percent sure how to putt.” Chi Chi Rodriguez

The Mental Game

The area that is most important to putting after you gain a basic set-up position is the mental aspect. Attaining the correct mind-set and understanding the mental demands of putting are crucial and fruitful to improve putting performance and lower scores. Putting is such a mentally demanding task and much of the problems of putting come from what a putt represents for the player. Hitting a tee shot off line or missing a green are both recoverable but missing a putt means your score goes up or down and this can have different meanings for the player. This places more pressure on the putt and as a result we tend to overthink or doubt ourselves causing the technical aspects of our putting stroke to break down. It is this ‘interference’ that makes a relatively easy task very difficult to achieve.

PUTTINGiq provides golfers with a different approach to improving putting and seeks to fuse both mental and physical aspects of putting technique and performance. PUTTINGiq provides golfers with an opportunity to learn and improve putting performance by helping golfers to understand their own mechanics and mental approach to putting.

Putting iq coaching can consist of
  • Identification of mental interferences
  • Mental Toughness Training
  • Self-Coaching
  • Establishing constructive mind-sets
  • Improving instinctive putting & feel
  • Mental Programming & attention
  • Practice putting drills
  • Pre-putt routines & focus
  • Green reading
  • Relaxation and Body State Awareness

  • PUTTINGiq - Putting Psychology
  • PUTTINGiq Cycle
  • Mental Programming
  • Putting Quotes
  • Putting Excellence
  • Putting Focus
  • Putting Practice
  • Tiger Quote
  • Putting Quote
  • Putting Practice
  • Putting Quote - Jack Nicklaus

PUTTINGiq coaching can take many forms from the highly successful group clinic to individual coaching. Golf Clinics range from half to full day programmes (for upcoming dates see events page) and individual coaching programmes are determined by the need of the individual. Individual coaching can consists of
  • A one off interview consisting of a needs analysis and putting observation
  • Goal setting
  • Identification of pre-performance interference
  • Set programme of self-development with drills and exercises
  • Skills tests and regular performance up-dates
  • Video analysis and self-coaching
  • Collection of on-course STATS