I recently got back from the British Columbia PGA Championship in Whistler, where I had a bad back nine. If not for that, I might have moved up to second or third, but it wasn’t to be.
I called a sports psychologist, who specializes in hypnosis. I’ve never tried it before and I’m just getting to the point that I need to try something new.
When I’m putting, the stroke feels good, but I can’t read a green comfortably and it’s all second-guessing. I’m hoping he can plant some good thoughts and good feelings into my subconscious.
When I’m standing on the first tee, I’ll be looking at the guy beside me and feel like I’ve already given him three shots because I know a good putter is going to make the putt that I’m not going to make. It’s been like that since the beginning of last year.
It used to be that five feet and in was pretty much a tap-in, which means the 25-footers are easier because you can be more aggressive.
Now, I’m to the point where I’m having a tough time reading the greens. I don’t know if it’s a right edge putt or a left edge putt and I don’t know which way the putt is going.
I know hypnosis seems really far out, but I’m at my wit’s end. I had read a blog that Chris Baxter from Complete Golf Performance had written and said, `I’m willing to try anything.’
Complete Golf Performance works with the BCPGA and it will be interesting to see how Chris can help with my putting. I can’t find anyone who’s really good at teaching how to read a green, although a lot of people think they are until they try to explain it to you.
I’ve never been a good green reader. I have a really tough time picking up slopes – I’ll look at something and I don’t know if it’s uphill or downhill. I had lasik surgery a few years ago and one of the reasons I did was I thought it would help.
When I have a caddie, I’ll usually putt better because I’ll sit there and say, `What do you think?’ I’ll take the caddie’s word as gospel because it’s usually better than what I can see.
I’ve seen Chris’ background and he’s qualified, so hypnosis seems like a viable remedy to the problem. I just hope he doesn’t give me a trigger word that will cause me to cluck like a chicken.