Putting
Know-How

Putting Know-How is the ability to know

what to do before you do it.


IN SHORT

Knowledge is power. So does knowing about putting help you putt better? Can natural ability and instinct alone make you a good putter?



Ignorance is Bliss?

Can you putt consistently without knowing anything about putting? It is possible, but improbable, as putting is more than just knocking a ball towards a hole in the hope of sinking it.


Success on the Green

Here are some requirements to consider for success on the green:

  • Enjoy Putting

You have got to love to putt and believe that it is fun. Children treat putting as a game and are not into their head with stroke mechanics. Adult golfers have a lot of self-interference and over-think their putts.

Generally when you are doing something you enjoy, your actions come automatically from your subconscious mind. You are not in an analytical mode. Thinking and putting don't go together. Do you thinking behind the ball, never over it.

  • Belief

You won't putt well if you think you are a lousy putter. Your mindset has to reflect a conviction that you are a good putter and that nobody putts better than you.

Write a reminder such as 'I'm Good' on your glove or hand, or carry a small referral card with words such as "I'm a good putter and putting is what I do best."

  • Consistency

In putting you don't have to be technically correct or look good. If you can putt consistently with an unorthodox method, then it would be unwise to mess with it.

Any method that produces good putts consistently and holds up under pressure will do just fine. The only reason to change something is when it is not working and there appears to be a better way.


Putting Know-How

There are two ways to acquire Putting Know-How:

  1. By instruction and study
    This will equip you with conceptual understanding. However, understanding the principles of how to perform a task won't necessarily give you to skill to do it. 

    You still have to apply the learning through practice and feedback.

  2. By discovery
    The goal of learning something is the ability to act out what you have learned, not just to be an armchair expert with theoretical know-how. Natural learning works because you are actively involved in the learning process.

    It is the method of "if I do this, this happens, if I do that, that happens."  Through trial and error you hopefully forge a path to competency.

Pros and Cons

  1. Intellectual learning may never translate into ability, though it will provide you with a starting direction.

  2. Discovery learning is time-consuming, but is action oriented. However, with no knowledge you may never acquire the skill you are seeking.

 Putting is both Art and Science. This web site provides you with a good deal of information and opinion so you can self-coach. However, you can't learn to putt well merely with a conceptual understanding of how to putt.

Written and spoken words can point you in a certain direction, but they are no substitute for application. You have to take your learning to the course and through practice and feedback evaluate the validity of the information you have received.

The Litmus Test

Does what I have learned help or hinder

my putting performance?

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