Hole more short putts with this mind tip

Golf Tips

European tour mind coach Karl Morris has a great tip to help you hole more short putts by looking for something that's always been there

In this episode mind coach Karl Morris asks you a question. ‘When was the last time you saw something for the first time that’s always been there?’ Understanding this question will help you hole more short putts.

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.

We go into autopilot and perform things the same way over and over again. We often miss what’s always there.

Karl is talking about something called the retinal after image. The retinal after image is a glow you see after you strike the ball on the putting green.

The retinal after image appears after every stroke you make on the green and if you haven’t seen it before that suggests that your attention is immediately on something else.

Your attention is immediately drawn to the hole.

If you make a conscious effort to look for the retinal after image after hitting a putt it focuses your mind on the present. You aren’t thinking about the result, or the struggles you may have had earlier in the round. It keeps your mind focused on the task in hand.

So keep an eye out for the retinal after image in future. You will see an immediate improvement in your stroke.

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