Patton Kizzire - Pressure Putts (Part 2)

Patton Kizzire discusses how he handles pressure putts. He looks at it the same way as any other putt and attempts to get the ball on the line he reads.


There's some puts that are more important than others. I want you to walk us through these critical-- what you're thinking on a four-footer to-- for pressure-- when the pressure is there.

Yeah, it is tougher with pressure, but it is just a put. You start on the right line with the right speed, it's going to go in. So I go through my routine of feeling and seeing the break. I see that break and it's just a little bit of right to left there. And I like to just remind myself this is a gimmee for me. This is what I practice all the time.

And you're just trying to hit a solid put. You've got to control the controllable. And that's all you can do.

Of course, you're partners this year with Jason Dufner this year in the Zurich, and I know you don't want to let him down, because he picked you because you're a great, great putter.

That's right.

That would be a lot of pressure.

Yeah. We made a good team. And--

You finished fourth.

We finished fourth place. We tried to get it-- it's alternate shot-- true alternate shot. We're trying to make it where I could have some birdie puts.


It seemed like every hole, he was putting for birdie.

He was. That's not what we want on the team deal. He was make them?

That day, we did all right. He was just one after another, right in the back.

When we shot his player channel-- you know, when we went to the putting section-- I don't know if you know this, but he deferred all of his putting to Mr. Burke's channel. He said, I'm not that good at putting. I want everyone to go see Jackie Burke's channel. So he has zero content--


--on his putting channel.

So you got-- this has to-- this is to, for you and Duf-- that's a lot of pressure for him not to give you a razz for the rest of your life to win the tournament.

It's more pressure putting for Duf, than putting for myself.

I understand. That's why I want-- that's why I want you to walk me through that. He's your friend. He's your mentor. He's older. And you dang sure don't want to let him down.

That's right. So I'm behind it. And I see-- I see some right to left break, and I think the starting point is going to be pretty close to the edge. I'm not really a pin point guy. I like to see the curve.

You go line here, or no line?

Definitely line.

Definitely line for the cash.

Definitely line for the cash. You got to know where the cash is.

Yeah. It's not mandatory though. You could-- anyone could use the Titleist on the ball.

Yeah, you can-- however you like to get comfortable.

So you're Duff. We're on the last hole the Zurich-- could be this next year. This is to win the tournament. And Duff's hit it in here.

And now I've got to make the putt.

You've got to make the Putt.

So I'm just self controlled-- everything. Now I'm trying to hit a solid putt, where I've decided to hit it.

No great thought here-- nothing here?

Right in the back.

Just blank?

Nothing-- just in the back.

In the back.

Yeah, I mean, you can visualize what it's going to look like when it goes in, where it's going to go in, what it's going to sound like, what it's going to feel like.

In the back.

In the back.

Put it in the back.