How to Trust Your Stroke on The Course

Taking Practice Putting to The Course

In “Sports Psychology Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Don who wants to know why golfers struggle on the greens when putting.

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Do you have great mechanics and putt freely on the practice green, but when you go to the golf course you tend to struggle on the greens?

Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week:

I’m a mid to high handicap golfer and I have problems putting. Mechanically all seems fine but when I get over the ball things start to change. I start to question my mechanics and maybe focus too much on stroke. Do you have any ideas on why this happens for golfers?”

Golfers with the yips, whether it is putting, chipping or full swing, feel different mechanically when they move from the practice green to the course.

Golfers tend to get more mechanical because they think that’s whats going to help them hit a better shot.

What Changes on The Course?

Watch the video to learn how to take your practice putting to the greens.

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