Should you use mechanical thought when putting?

Should you use mechanical thought when putting?

Scott Alford

Many golfers putt with the thought of fundamentals dancing in their head. They grind over doing it right, just so they can avoid doing what is wrong. This makes them grind even harder on the next putt, but now they know they're doing something wrong.

How is your conscious mind supposed to deal with that?

Your mind controls your body, your body controls your putter, and the way you stroke the putt dictates how the ball comes off your putter face. Controlling the initial roll of the ball is all any golfer can do.

We just want our mind to allow our body to put the best possible stroke on the ball. So forget about using mechanical thought to help your putting. This is where Blackout Putter Training gives you an assist.

When you first start working on the fundamentals of the putting stroke, you'll use your conscious mind to initiate the 5-keys to the putting setup. The first time you start anything new, you need your conscious mind to get it right.

Blackout Putter Training starts at your home, where it's easy to find the time. You'll be shocked what you can accomplish, in just a couple minuets around the house. You'll get the most benefit by stepping into the perfect putting setup, many times over. 

Without you knowing it, you'll start to step into your putting stance without thought.

Think about that, oh wait, don't.

Soon after, your putting stroke will be balanced, confident, with a great finish, all with no conscious thought.

I know you've seen it before, you walk on to the practice green, and you see a good player with this finish to the putting stroke. The finish you see on tour, or your best players at your club. When you can perform the fundamentals to get to the perfect finish, you know your ready to move to the practice green. 

As you progress towards Blackout on-course putting drills, it's very important to remember the putting stroke will only be as good as the positions established at address. It is vital you set it up correctly before you stroke the putt, of course with no conscious thought.

When Jordon Spieth steps into a Putt – What does he see?

“The blur of the ball’s path and that path alone burns in my mind – nothing else. My stroke is simply a reaction to make that path come alive, to come to be, with the roll of the ball.”

       Jordon Spieth (with Max Adler, Golf Digest) June 20, 2017

Jordon Spieth also said that it takes work and preparation to “get in this mode”, a mode he calls “Blackout." 

Please take notice with what Jordon Spieth was talking about. Not only does he have his own image that burns in his mind, but it takes “work and preparation” to get in this mode.

Blackout Putting prepares you to think this way, but it will be yours, not Jordon Spieth's, not mine, but yours.

How does this happen?

The most important thing in your mind prior to rolling the ball, should be an image in your mind's eye, so your stroke is simply a reaction to make that image come alive. 

Something else to take notice with what Jordon Spieth see's, “The blur of the ball’s path and that path alone burns in my mind." 

When he steps into a putt, there is no conscious thought about putting mechanics, his line, or even speed. What Jordon has working for him is his subconscious mind. In putting terms, the subconscious mind can handle images and your memory, and send instructions to your body without conscious thought.

There is nothing like this feeling in golf. When you train your subconscious mind to give your body mechanical putting instructions without the thought of right or wrong, your speed improves dramatically. 

When your putting speed is on:

  • You rarely 3-putt
  • You make more medium length putts
  • You make (almost) all your short putts

 Blackout Putter Training starts at home where you'll step into the perfect putting stance, many times over. Soon it becomes habit, controlled without any conscious thought. 

 

 

 

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