Short putts just outside of “gimme” range are some of the most nerve-wracking shots in golf. Part of the reason for this is the self-imposed expectation that we are supposed to make the putt. As a result, we put added pressure on ourselves to make the perfect stroke. Worry about your stroke — and watching it during the putt — will cause bad contact, a bad stroke or both.
David Leadbetter recommends a simple fix for those pesky three and four-footers that will help to get your brain out of the way.