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Commit to Process Goals for Subconscious Putting Competence,
This review is from: Putting Out of Your Mind (Hardcover)
"Take your satisfaction not from whether the putt drops but from whether you got yourself in the right frame of mind to hit it." That quote summarizes the key point of this book.
Think of Dr. Bob Rotella as someone who sees putting as being totally about controlling your mental processes, to eliminate the effect of your conscious mind. He is at the opposite end of the spectrum from Dave Pelz's engineering-based evaluations. I find much value in both approaches. Having taken lessons at Dave Pelz's Short Game School, one of the most useful parts was getting an automatic routine and rhythm for putting that clears my mind of tension-creating thoughts.
The advice in the book is easy to understand, but you will probably find it hard to apply. I suggest that you find a pro to help you create a mind-clearing routine that you feel comfortable with. Then commit to using that routine always.
Here are a few quotes that will give you a further sense of the book's advice:
"No matter how skilled you are . . . you're going to have to make roughly 40 percent of your shots with your putter."
When you arrive at the green, you're going to think: "Oh good! Now we get to putt!"
You will "just focus on the target." You will have "selective amnesia" about putts you've missed in the past.
You will spend 15 minutes a night "visualizing making putts."
Before putting, you will be "always relaxed and confident."
During the putt, you will "putt as though the putt [is] conceded."
When you putt, you will "simply let the putt go and trust."
I especially liked the metaphors from other sports like shooting baskets and making passes in football. Those actions are done in the flow of play, rather than in some rigid, controlled way with the conscious mind.
The book has interesting sections on how to practice putting, and what top putters say about how they go about putting. Many of the pros quoted in the book use Dr. Rotella's methods, so they will help you to understand the message here. You will also find an exercise to encourage you to practice your chipping so you will have shorter putts to make.
One of the most difficult aspects of any activity is explaining how champions think about the activity while they are doing it. I think that Dr. Rotella has done an outstanding job of sharing that information here.
After you have finished enjoying and starting to apply this book to your putting, I suggest that you think about other places where you are trying to use your conscious mind when subconscious processes might work better. Imagine if you always tried to ride a bike by thinking about each thing that you do. That wouldn't be much fun or very successful, would it? Where do you find yourself tied up in tense knots now? That's where you need to let go.
Trust yourself to accomplish more!