How to Make 3-Footers in Competition

How to Free Up Your Putter

Dr. Patrick Cohn, golf psychology expert and author of the “Golfer’s Mental Edge” CD program, teaches amateur to tour professional golfers how to improve their mental game of golf using golf psychology strategies developed over the last 20 years of his career.

Do you get anxious over those 3 footers or 4 footers when playing in a match?

In this week’s golf psychology podcast session, mental game of golf expert, Dr. Cohn, answers a question from a golfer about how putting during a competition, especially 3 or 4 footers, makes him nervous.

Kevin wrote in and said:

“I still get very anxious from four or five feet or less. How long will it take me to putt on auto-pilot and clear the demons? How many drills or how many hours do I need to spend to get the demons out of my head?”

(NOTE: Kevin refers to my putting drills to help free up your putter, which you can download here.)

COHN: Kevin obviously has some issues with short putts, where he gets anxious and worried and may yipping it a little bit from 3 or 4 feet.

COHN: Most of the time, I find with players that are very anxious and worried about short putts that they over control the putter, they steer and guide it and eventually that will turn into the yips. As you continue to steer and guide, it takes on a life of its own and you don’t even know you are doing it. It feels like unconscious yips.

COHN: In the drills that I have, the drills are there to help counter that…

COHN: What Kevin is really asking is, how long does he need to work on these drills and how many sessions will it take on the green for him to get to the point where he can putt on auto pilot?

COHN: That’s a really difficult question to answer…. but in my estimation, it takes two things…

Listen to the audio below to hear what Dr. Cohn says those two things are:

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