Can You Really Putt Like A Winner?

Answer: YES and you can do it without changing your your technique or buying expensive new putters.

By Cameron Strachan date

Disclaimer: I am going to share some golf putting truths in this manifesto. I am not here to upset the establishment or the regular golf instructor. But I do feel the need to share my story and the stories of other golfers who have changed their putting game for the better.

And we have learned to play our best by ignoring most conventional ideas when it comes to peak putting performance. If some home truths and a little swearing is likely to offend, please don’t proceed any further.[/disclaimer]

The putt couldn’t have been any easier. It was dead straight, a little uphill and around 3 feet.

But something didn’t feel right. My body felt like it belonged to someone else, my mind was racing and I actually felt ill.

I couldn’t take the putter away from the ball. I was hot and bothered and just wanted to be somewhere else.

This had never happened to me before. We all get nervous on some short putts but this was something out of the box.

I was in the midst of a mild panic attack and I didn’t know what to do about it.

My attempt was horrendous. I flinched at the putt and it didn’t even hit the hole. My opponent, by this time sensing I was in trouble, didn’t concede the next putt. And I missed that too.

I went from winning the hole to losing it. All in a matter of seconds.

I was despondent.

I was sick to my bed.

I wanted to hide.

I didn’t know what to do.

The last holes of that match were terrible. I went from having two-putts to winning my match to losing the un-losable. I let myself down and my team.

Talk about snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Welcome to the horrible world of the putting yips.

I then spent the bestcore.

I was embarras part of the next few years completely in the golfing wilderness. My poor putting was a constant source of embarrassment. I didn’t like playing that much. I thought about quitting and I never putted that well. NEVER! And it wasn’t from lack of trying – I worked at my putting game. Did everything I could to get better.

What makes this story more remarkable is I’m the guy who a few years earlier had been credited with showing Aaron Baddeley his “famous”* putting routine.

*I say famous because it was a few years ago and you might not have heard of it. While a very good golfer, he probably hasn’t reached the heights that many thought he could.

It has been described as Look and Shoot – a process where the golfer walks into the putt, gets set, takes a quick peak at the hole and then powers the ball home. From the outside it looks like the golfer is putting really quickly, and he sort of is, but there’s a fair bit of nuance at play too (and many are misguided why this works so well – link to article about Stephen Allan)

Aaron used this process to become the best putter in the world. He topped the USGA putting stats in 2004 and 2006 and was renowned the world over for his amazing putting ability.

Note: When he won the Australian Open as an amateur he beat Greg Norman and Colin Montgomery down the stretch. That week he had something like 95 putts. Truly remarkable.

But this isn’t about Aaron Baddeley per se. It’s about the golf learning methodology that has come from that original coaching session and how it is helping golfers all over the world.

And it’s also about my greatest regret. Something so powerful and profound but hardly ever spoken about in golf coaching circles. In the following pages I’m going to go deeper into what I coached AB and also HOW I was able to become a way better golfer (by following my own advice)

As a quick heads up, what I’m about to share with you is based on learning science and NOT typical golf instruction principles.

If you’re the kind of golfer who is looking for,

  • A quick tip
  • The latest miracle cure
  • Some special gadget or practice technique

Then this is definitely not for you.

But, if you’ve ever questioned traditional teaching ideas and wondered why you find golf so hard, then the following has your name on it.