So this is my first post (and first forum actually). I have been playing for around 3 years and I would say I am a pretty decent player. My home course is not particularly challenging, and the people I play with mostly are on my level or lower. I feel that because of these factors my progression as a player has been fairly slow. I have been looking to take my game to the next level recently, and I feel that it has been going pretty good. My biggest challenge is putting. When I am on, I can't miss anything inside of 40 feet, and I just feel awesome. When I am off, 20 foot puts are a struggle. I have been working on my putting confidence a lot, and one of the main things that I struggle with is consistently having good looks at long putts. I know that it is a confidence issue, because I almost always miss them short or hit the basket. There are two pieces to this that I would like a little guidence on, first technique, and second mental state.
So for distance putts, I try to push my putt from my belt, and put it on a little hyzer route into the basket. Nothing too extreme, but generally pretty effective. My problem is that sometimes, while going for a longer put, I feel myself reaching at the end of my putt. As a result, my thumb slides forward and slides the nose of my putter (175 beaten DX aviar) down, forcing my putt short. When I try to correct this, I normally over correct and sail my putts. Any advice on getting a more consistent, and favorable release for longer range putts.
Secondly, when I am on, I feel so confident I rarely miss putts that are just on the boundary of my range. This is very rare, but I would like to feel this feeling more often. I know putting is almost all mental, but I feel like anything else in this sport, there should be a way to effectively practice my mental game to get better results. What gets me though is some rounds I can feel invincible, then miss a single easy putt and fall appart. Another problem is when I am warming up and I know it is going to be a tough round, I start missing putts mentally before the round even starts. Any advice/tips/practice methods to keep myself in a more generally consistent (and positive) state of mind? I added this under my distance putting section because the problem is amplified for longer putts. When I know that I have the ability to make a long putt, but don't feel confident, it kills my confidence even more repeatedly short putting.