Over the last 15 years I've heard just about everything from golfers who are struggling with their putting:
"I keep missing short putts"
"I never make my birdie putts"
"I 3-putt way too much"
"Some rounds my putting is great and the next it sucks"
"I can't figure out how to build a consistent stroke"
"I don't know the difference between the stroke for a long putt and a short one"
"I don't know what type of putter to use"
After talking to hundreds of golfers and hearing the same struggles over and over again, I started to realize something...
The problem isn't that certain people are bad putters, it's that they don't understand that knowing how to make putts is a skill.
And like all skills, there are specific principles to making putts.
This may sound obvious, but be honest with me... when was the last time you focused on developing your putting as a skill?
I know it sounds funny because putting is so simple.
It's just a flat stick, small ball, and a hole. All you have to do is roll it in.
But until you understand the principles of putt making, it's impossible to do it consistently.
Will you still make a some putts occasionally?
But will you do it consistently, round after round?
Think about the last time had a great putting round. Remember the hole seeming like it was the size of a watermelon and putting feeling easy? All you had to do was read the putt, step up to the ball, and drain it.
My question to you is this: Do you actually know what you did differently that day to make more putts? Do you truly know WHY you were making more putts?
Chances are you thought you did in the moment, but the next time you played you fell right back into your old putting ways... in other words... you lack CONSISTENCY.
The thing about consistency is that it can't be faked. You can't stumble into it by chance, and it doesn't come without an understanding of how and why something happens.
So what do you need to become consistent?
Knowledge of the key principles of how to do something. An understanding of the reason why they work. And the application of them to develop a skill.