It's a good time to think about putting well, even though we haven't had nice warm weather yet. Plant the positive seeds.
The following is a stream of consciousness (from a mind-map) of my thoughts and feelings of putting well.
When I’m Putting Well These Things Are Happening, or I sense them:
pre-shot routine the same
present tense focused, not ahead of myself no thoughts of score
believing I can make the putt
seeing the line to the hole while over the ball in “real time”
slow motion, time is slow, time doesn’t matter
only “feeling”words and “positive” key words and phrases, such as “let it go,” or “you can make this” or “feel it”
(no “oh no” thoughts, such as “ooh, this green is fast”, If one of those thoughts sneaks in, it’s time to take a deep breath, relax, I tell myself, “you can do this. You’ve done it a million times” - that type of self-talk)
only describing what is in front of me, what is needed… as though I’m caddying for myself or telling my caddy what I’m doing and what I’m intending to do- first-person
PS: A student of mine confessed, when she read this *list, that often, as she walks up to her ball, facing a long putt, that she has thoughts of three-putting, or, her inner voice says something like, “Wow, that’s a long putt,” and immediately she feels tension (and, thus, feels negative and then usually three-putts). So we edited that initial thought to a positive one. Admitting it, though, was the first step