CJ Goecks: Hey, CJ Goecks from ShortGameSecrets.com.
I really want to talk to you about games at this point.
How do you practice effectively? How do we recreate pressure, so that way when you're on the course, it's just a normal thing? What we want to do here is I've set up four tees basically at north, south, east and west.
What we want to do here is pick two tees, it doesn't matter.
We'll call this north and south.
Those two are for birdie, these two over here, east and west, are for par.
The game is called Five Under, Five Over.
You're going to putt one from each.
Let's say this one I'm going to start for birdie because that's what I like right here.
If I make this putt, I'm one under.
Then I come over here to a putt from three feet for par.
I have to make this.
I'm one under.
Now I've got to putt for birdie.
I go back and through.
I would like you to take your time.
I'd like you to line up the line, go through your routine, make sure you're spending some time actually working on this.
The key for this is you want to do this game, this is only three feet.
You want to move it back to four feet, five feet, six feet, seven feet.
Just do this game, and you cannot leave the putting green until you get to five under at three feet, four feet, five feet, six feet, seven feet.
That puts a lot of pressure on yourself.
Another great variation of this game, if I had a friend, we're going to play Ryder Cup.
I hit the three feet in the first hole.
I putt, if I make.
He putts, he makes.
We go to the next hole.
We go through, and we just played nine holes.
If he happens to miss, and I make, I'm one up through two holes.
We go through, and it really provides a little bit of pressure.
More importantly, it's fun.
I've had kids that will come out here and putt for two hours, and I'll say, "Guys, it's time to go." They're like, "What, it's already been two hours?" If you can have specific practice that's focused, the time seems to go by fast.
Not only that, you're going to improve a lot quicker.
Here's a great way to work on some three-footers, four-footers, five-footers, six-footers, seven-footers.
Create a little bit of pressure and get better.
Again, this is Five Under, Five Over.
As you keep going here, and you're five under par, man, your brain starts to see that, hey, it's like me to shoot under par.
Your scoring zone, your comfort zone will come down.
You'll start finding yourself breaking those scoring barriers whether it's breaking 90, or breaking 80 or even shooting under par for the first time.
Use Five Under, Five Over from a mental standpoint to start seeing yourself shoot under par and to put pressure on those short putts, so when you get on the course, no problem, you got it.