- The 6 most common putting mistakes golfers make and how to avoid them (you’ll save a lot of strokes/round by avoiding them)
- 3 minute video: “The #1 cause of missed short putts” and the solution to use to become a better short putter
- 2 minute video on hitting medium and long length putts next to the hole so you can avoid 3-putts and make more of these putts
Eliminate these common putting-mistakes listed below from your game and your putting will improve
Common Putting Mistake #1: Focusing too much on having a perfect putting stroke
Focusing on making a perfect putting stroke will inhibit feel and take your mind of the main objective… which is the target!
“A good stroke is the result of a relaxed body joined to an attentive mind following a dependable pre-shot routine.”
What do you think a hunter is thinking about when he throws a spear at an animal?
Do you think he is thinking about taking is elbow back above his ear, making a 35 degree angle between forearm and bicep, whilst rotating shoulders 90 degrees, before releasing the spear and making sure his weight is transferred onto his front foot, whilst holding perfect form?…
Same with putting; if you think too technically, you are not going to hole many putts.
Once you start getting more focused on the target – and less on technique, you will start holing loads of putts.
Mistake #2: Changing to some new radical grip will make you a better putter
Cross-hand-grips, claw-grips and belly-putters are all fine and good tools to help you develop a pendulum stroke. But don’t neglect the other (more important) factors like: visualization, routine, and confidence by being too focused on the type of putter and grip you are using.
Mistake #3: Buying new putters and changing putters will make you a better putter
No Sir, buying a new putter or changing putters all the time is like purchasing the “Miracle-Abs-Cruncher” or the “Magic-Diet-Pill” to lose weight. Do lean, strong, healthy people use these “quick-fix” products (dreamed up by marketers) to develop their bodies?…
…Of course not, it is the same with putters; they are simply tools to express what the mind is thinking and feeling. The mind connects with the body, the body connects with the putter and the putter connects with the ball… and if the mind is working well, the ball will connect with the bottom of the hole!
Mistake #4: Luck, greens and putts not breaking can be the cause of missed putts
If you lip out…you have hit the putt too wide; no luck involved. The putt has not gone in because: the green was not read correctly or the putt was miss hit or the putt was not hit at the correct speed.
When a player starts to look at the REASON for this miss putt, instead of making excuses (like so many people do), the player is on the road to becoming a great putter. Missed putts are gifts, and I will show you how you can use these gifts to putt great.
Mistake #5: Not practicing how you play
I call them “putting-robots;” you know… players that stand in a crouched posture, pumping balls out from the same spot, ball after ball, imprinting their size 10 Nikes into the green.
A good stroke is important but a good stroke only happens when your mind is relaxed, you are orientated and reacting to the target while following a consistent routine. You can’t have a good stroke and hope to putt well week-in week-out when you are focused solely on the stroke.
Putts come in all shapes and sizes…out on the course yo might have a 30ft-double-breaker, then a 5ft-left-to-right down-hill putt, a 14ft-straight-flat putt, and then an 8ft-curling, pressurized-putt on the 18th to finish off a great round and or win a competition.
What would happen if you practiced like you played?
What would happen if you combined proper practice with a putting system to follow?
Would you be better able to handle all those putts and all situations? I know you would.
Mistake #6: Not having a repeatable routine
This his how great players hole loads of putts and can putt well under pressure. Think Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus; they get nervous like anyone does, but they have a dependable, physical and mental routine that shields them from the nerves and destructive thoughts.
This is why many amateurs can go out and have 5 or 6 up on the front side then have 5 or 6 down on the back 9. The pressure gets to them; they do not have a grooved pre-putt routine to turn to. It doesn’t have to be this way, a dependable routine that you know inside and out, it is your secret weapon; your guardian angel against pressure.
I have developed: through research, practice and experience (under pressure) these techniques for many years now; you can be nervous (as I get too) but if you have a routine to follow, you can continue to make putts and keep a good round going – even when the pressure is on.
Having a dependable routine is also a passport into the “zone” – that place where putts are holed from all over; you feel calm, focused and the game feels easy. What a beautiful feeling.
Every Great Putter Has A System For Putting…
… They have a checklist of things they do when the get to every green.
They have keys to turn to when they have to make 3-6-foot putts when the pressure is on.
They get nervous, they get tense, but the best putters have simple strategies and keys that gets their heads back to where they need to be – so their bodies can still perform well and make the putt.
VIDEO: “The #1 cause of missed short putts” and the solution to use to become a better short putter
VIDEO: How to hit medium and long length putts next to the hole and or in (virtually eliminate 3-putts and make more of these putts)
Inside The Truth About Putting Members Training Area
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The Truth About Putting Training Program is a result of extensive trial and error by myself, study of great putters, and playing in-person with – and listening to and answering questions from Truth About Putting Subscribers over the past 4 years
It all started in the late 90’s when I was doing a Professional Trainee-ship. I was always a solid putter (doing loads of practice as a youngster) but never freaky. That changed in late 1997; from this point on I have had dozens of peak putting performances.
Through studying what leading sports and golf psychologists where teaching to leading golfers at the time – and practicing, testing and adding to this information myself, I came up with a step-by-step system for consistently good putting round after round.
These rounds include multiple birdie barrages featuring 4-6 birdies in 5-10 holes. One of the most extreme rounds was a victory as a Trainee Professional…
… At this time I was a very ordinary ball-striker and on this day I hit a typical 9 greens in regulation…
… The result of hitting 9 greens in regulation was a winning 3-under par round containing just 23 putts!
I “dug-up” the round-diary from back then, see below:
And 15 years later…
I continue to improve and had a personal best score a couple of years ago of 7-under par (65) featuring some handy iron-play, 9 birdies and 25 putts.
Score card below…
I was deep in the zone on this day, and I cover valuable insights gained from this and other rounds in the E-Book, Videos and E-Lesson series.
Putting well when in counts
It is one thing to putt well, but it is another thing to putt well when the pressure is on – in a match, or maybe even finishing off a “personal best medal-score”. These are the times when you have to “close the deal”, get the most out of yourself and break new ground. Embrace the challenge!
I take you through the tactics needed to “finish off” a great round – even if your hands are shaky.
“Anyone can become an excellent putter… because the putting-action is so simple”.
The key to rock-solid short-putting under pressure and making long putts…
… is following a step-by-step mental and physical process for each putt; step 1, step 2, step 3, putt…Ka-ching! Repeat and tweak.
The system for you to follow is laid out in The Truth About Putting Training Course
Pictured below is the Original Truth About Putting Training Program for 2012 to mid 2015. This program was used by all the success stories from club-golfers listed down below and on the success stories page on this site (here).
However, it was time for a bigger, better training program. Through much research, thought and effort, The Truth About Putting training is now 4 times better than the original (4 times the videos). See below.
The original Truth About Putting covered: 14 x 1-6 minute videos, the 55 page eBook and email lessons over many months.
Now we still have the original and also:
- The extensive short-putting training module (26 videos, eBook and email lessons)
- Green reading and distance control for medium and long putting (14 videos, eBook and email lessons)
- 6 videos on what putter, grip, set up and stroke to use (and what type of practice is best)
60 videos, eBooks, email lessons and support to help you well into the future.
The Original Truth About Putting
The New Truth About Putting Training
Some of the topics covered in Truth About Putting Training:
- How to make all you short-putts (I give you the complete system – physical and mental)
- How to read greens and judge distance better so you can hit all long putts next the hole – virtually eliminating all 3-putt greens
- The unique system for holing putts under pressure
- How miss-putts can make you putt great for the rest of the round (I use this secret all the time). Once you learn this you will NEVER have a bad putting round
- What stroke-keys to use to maintain focus under pressure (18th green with a 6ft downhill slider to go low…no problem!)
- How to practice effectively (nearly no one practices properly)
- How to master putting from off the green, leaving yourself with “tap-ins”
- How to develop a pure putting-stroke
- How to turn on and off each side of your brain when required, one of the keys to great putting
- How a poor set-up can sabotage any chance of making putts consistently good putts
- The secrets to developing a World class pre-shot routine
- The techniques that let you putt free of fear and full of confidence
- The unique green reading method that I used to hole 7 x 18ft putts in 9 holes (shot 6-under)
- A complete step-by-step guide to a putting system for you to use
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“The Putting-Success Stories listed below have taken 2-5 shots+ of their average putts/round”.
And they ONLY had access to the original Truth About Putting (14 videos and eBook and email lessons).
For you, the training now is 4 times bigger and better
Truth About Putting Tribe Member Ian Has Gone From Shooting In The Nineties To Shooting In The Seventies In 12 Weeks!
Here is what Ian said in an email exchange I had with him…
After “surfing the net” for “get-better-at-golf information,” Ian came across The Truth About Putting home page. The message on the page (remember the photo of the Hunter) rang home. Ian had played plenty of sport and darts in particular. He took the fire-at-the-target darts mentality to the greens” (like old Ray did). Wise move Ian.
“I Managed to break 80 for the first time last Easter weekend. For that I thank you.
My poor sad mates want to know what kinda performance enhancing drugs I’m on. Do I share this information with them, no hope in hell is that happening!”
Ian has gone from shooting in the “nineties” to frequently scoring in the 70’s; this has happened as a consequence of Ian applying the Truth About Putting and chipping lessons.
Peter, a 59 Year Old, 3-Handicapper from Florida is Now Averaging 26-30 Putts/Rd, and Shot His best Round Ever – A Bogey-Free 68!
And 7-handicapper Fred… He is averaging 28 putts/round
“Hi Anthony, I have been using your method for 12 rounds of golf. I am very happy to say that my lowest was 26 and my highest was 31 putts per round. My handicap is 7 and I am 66 years old. I am a believer of your method of putting. I am looking forward to keep on improving using your method of putting.
“I Won The B-Grade Club Championship”
I have just won the B Grade club championship at Narooma
Your newsletters and videos helped tune my game so I could be consistent over the four days of the championship
Regards Gary Morgan
14 Handicapper, Ross, has gone from 36 putts+/round, to breaking his handicap by nine shots; he shot 77 – TWICE!! He is now playing off a 10 handicap
After A Few Weeks Of “Tinkering (And Some Email Pointers By Myself) Female Golfer Joan Broke Her Handicap By 5 Shots And Shot 41 Stableford Points
UPDATE… One game later… It’s 27 putts; check out Joan’s email:
I Must tell you I had a good day yesterday with 81 off the stick and 41 stableford points. Best of all no 3 putters.
I have had a lesson on my putting in the past but they never covered the 4 Rs or explained it like you have. I use to putt from instinct and have won putting competitions in the past but I have never analyzed the putts like I can now and learn from a missed putt instead of getting nervous over each putt.
Thanks for your encouragement. I am feeling more confident, looking for the line and getting into more of a routine instead of worrying about the putt. Cheers Joan
65 Years Young, 8-Handicapper Larry From Huston, Texas, U.S.A…. Larry tells me that over 20 rounds – he has gone from an average of 34 putts/round to 30.5 – a 3.5 shot/round improvement (to go with lower scores). Here is a short extract from Larry…
(To see Larry’s and many more golfers full testimonials – go here)
“The new information and the reminders each week [email lessons] to practice the putting routine is a key element to success. The putting routine has become a habit now, along with mapping a spot or spots on the putting surface to make your stroke to the hole. When I would catch myself not doing this, the results weren’t very good. When I do my routine, the results are usually very good. The mindset now is that I should make every putt inside of 20 feet and that I will always have a tap in on any length putt if it doesn’t go in the hole. I don’t ever think now that the putt is not going in. What a different thinking from 4 months ago. Thank you again Anthony for all your help. You really have something with “The Truth About Putting.”
My sincere gratitude and thanks.
UPDATE… “A Year later and the putting is getting stronger”
Hi Anthony. Larry Pearson here. Just got back from the biggest 3 day golf tournament I play in
every year. 104 players this year. Each year we have tournaments inside the traditional tournament, such as a Putting tourn., and a Shootout tourn. In this email I am sending you a picture of the winner of the putting tourn. I beat 103 golfers for the $300 first prize. I was nicked name Mr. Automatic after the putting tourn.
Read more from Larry on the Success Stories page
“Recently, a partner said that I just walk up to the ball and knock it in without fear.”
“The biggest improvement in my putting has been in the short stuff. The one to two meter putts no longer cause my knees to knock. I now also regularly have less than 30 putts per round and have all but eliminated three-putts. Truth About Putting has given me real insight. It is a system that is reliable and works. The best endorsement, though, is from playing partners who have commented about how well I am putting. Recently, a partner said that I just walk up to the ball and knock it in without fear. Sound familiar?”
Brad Muir. 16 Handicapper, Queensland, Australia
Fresh in from Singapore… Another inspirational success story from Truth About Putting Devotee – Beh Chin. His words:
“From using your technique, my best round was 24 putts with scores 78 (my best scores ever). There are some amazing experiences through those game, last month I played the round of 82 with 25 putts, I made 3 birdies in 4 holes, this feels very good and enjoyable.Thanks for the continuous advice and technique recommendations.
Really enjoy the games now.
Thank you and best regards,
Jim is is breaking 80 more often…
Thanx for the lessons. I have improved my putting since I have used your method. I rarely 3 putt anymore. I feel that once I’m on the green I’m confident I will at least 2 putt and sometimes, 1 putt. I have just started using your magic swing technique [swing videos and e-book]. I am concentrating on using my left arm as the guide letting my right arm go along for the ride. I have hit some tremendous drives but still occasionally lose focus and hit some bad ones. The bad ones seem to happen when I try to “kill” the ball (hit it really far) or I get in a hurry. Any help for these problems? FYI, I shot a 77 the last round I played. I rarely shoot below 80. My goal is to be in the 70’s most of the time. With your help I know I can do it.
Me: Great work Jim!
“85-Shooter Eric, Plays 9 Holes in Even Par…Beating His Personal Best Score By 3 Shots!”
“75 Year old, 19-handicapper 3-putts… then makes 7 one putts in last 10 greens after using a couple of tips from The Truth About Putting”
Ray from Sydney Australia. Ray – a 75 year old, 19-handicapper went from 3-putting a flat putt from 25-feet on his 4th hole, to having 7 one-putts in his final 10 holes – as a consequence of two “putting-keys” that are in the E-Book and videos. The author gave him these keys mid-round. Ray’s putting was awesome. You can putt like this as well – easily.
“66 Years Young, Californian, 10-Handicapper Lewis, Has Gone From Shooting 85+ To Shooting In The Mid 70’s. And Recently, He Shot A 74 – Which Included Just 24 Putts!”
“Australian, Cain, Has Gone From A 17 Handicap To 12.8 Within A Few Months Of Joining The Truth About Putting Tribe”
Anthony Here: I asked for a photo of Cain and he sent me his Handicap record…it finishes with a handy 40 Stableford Points!
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