This episode of Putting performance principles is all about your attention.

In this series as a whole, you will be asked to consider the ‘art of putting’. This will involve ensuring that your mind is in the best place to allow your putting stroke to come out on a more natural basis. The ultimate aim of the series is to help you to hole more putts, shoot lower scores and have more fun on the golf course.


Your attention on the golf course is very important, especially when on the greens. Here are the steps you need to take to make sure you are always concentrating on the present.

Step 1: Focus on something that is in the present and not in the past or future.

If you are a faced with a 6 foot putt do not think back to previous holes where you have missed similar length putts.

Step 2: The retinal after image

What can you see when you look at the ball? You will more than likely say a shadow or light depending on the weather and where you are. 

In practice, take the ball between your finger and thumb and snatch the ball away, keeping your eyes firmly fixed on where the ball was.

You should see a glow which is called the retinal after image. This glow has always been there when you putt, but often your attention will waver and your eyes will follow the ball.

Keeping your eyes firmly on the retinal after image makes your attention fix on something in the present and will result in a smoother putting stroke.

When people understand the importance of having your attention in the right place they will se a huge improvement in their putting.

About Gary and Karl

Gary Nicol is a European Tour coach and co-founder of T-PEGS

Renowned European Tour coach, TrackMan Master and Certified Mind Factor coach Gary Nicol is available for private coaching at Archerfield Links. Gary has successfully coached golfers of all abilities over a 25 year period and spent 16 years traveling around the world. He has worked with over 30 Tour Pros including numerous tournament winners and Ryder Cup players.

Gary offers a range of private coaching programmes including individual one hour lessons. He also offers playing lessons, half day programmes, full day programmes and on-course coaching experiences. Personalised video lessons and analysis can be delivered direct to your email address and smartphone. From there you can watch and learn from, wherever and whenever you want. Contact us for more information and bookings.

TPEGS uses Trackman to provide you with essential detailed clubhead and ball flight data. Read more on Performance Principles Coaching Experiences at TPEGS and why Gary Nicol chooses to work with Trackman. “Trackman is without question, the finest teaching and club fitting tool I have used in 25 years of coaching golf.” – Gary Nicol.

 Dr. Karl Morris is a mind coach and P.G.A consultant.

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Karl Morris, one of Europe’s leading Performance Coaches who has worked with and achieved success with SIX Major winners and over a 100 PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA and Ladies European Tour golfers.

He has built a solid reputation as someone who will help you get the best out of the ability you have, no matter what the level.  He has consistently produced outstanding results for clients at ALL LEVELS of sport and business with a practical and applicable approach based on real world experience as opposed to classroom theory.

Karl has also provided consultancy to the PGA of Great Britain and Europe and he has presented seminars all over the world such as the Australian PGA, South African PGA, German PGA, Swedish PGA, Dutch PGA, Belgian PGA, GUI and the Hong Kong Golf Association, to name a few.

Also, working with top class amateurs, he has been consulted by numerous Walker Cup and Curtis Cup players all the way through the game to aspiring amateurs or simply club golfers who just know there is something missing.

However, golf is not the only sport in which Karl has enjoyed success.  Three of his most personal passion sports are cricket, rugby league and football.  He often recalls how the greatest thrill he has achieved with his work was when he worked with Michael Vaughan in the run up to England winning The Ashes in 2005.  Then, he was engaged with Huddersfield Giants during the time when they won the League Championship in 2013, the first time they finished top of the league in 81 years. More recently one of his Premiership football clients Tom Heaton made his full England debut.