Question: What is a “Tap Out?”
Answer: A tap out is a putt that is one foot or less. It is a short putt, that if feeling confident on your distance you may quickly tap or knock your putt in the hole without causing any hold ups or inconvenience to another player.
Here are 4 steps to help you focus when you Tap Out:
STEP 1. SQUAT & SEE THE LINE
When you squat behind the ball, draw an imaginary line that you envision the ball traveling before it falls in the hole. Visualize and focus on the speed and how the ball will roll down your imaginary line that you chose and into the hole.
STEP 2. WALK BEHIND THE BALL
Rise from your squat with confidence. Keep your putter in your right hand (if you are a right handed or in your left hand if you are left handed). Stand behind the ball and focus on the same line that you chose in Step 1. Walk and get ready to address the ball knowing you have made all the right mental steps.
STEP 3: LINE UP YOUR PUTTER
Place your putter behind the ball and line your putter on the line you have selected. Rock your head down that line and back up your imaginary line 2-3 times.
STEP 4: COMMIT & STROKE
Deep breath and pull the trigger! Using the line and speed that you envisioned in Step 1 and 3, take your putter back and forth as if you were rolling the ball into the cup with your hands. Be smooth, and stay committed to your stroke and listen for the ball to drop into the cup.
Putt with a purpose
Try not to pick up your golf ball or rush when tapping the ball into the hole…. stay patient. It is important for you to test yourself over the small putts too, they will give you confidence and help you improve mentally.