“I take a three-foot yardstick, and I work on rolling the ball down the yardstick,” he said. “Put the ball at one end of the ruler, make some putts, and you’ll quickly see whether you’re pushing or pulling based on whether the ball is falling off the right or left side of the yardstick.”
Beljan emphasized to “keep practicing this,” and he promises it will “improve your putting and show you that a perfect putting stroke is not needed.”
On this, Beljan and Dr. Bob Rotella agree, as Beljan’s second tip entails listening to audio books such as Rotella’s “Golf is Not a Game of Perfect.”
“When I’m practicing, I love listening to audio books. The mental aspect of the game is the biggest part of our game, and it’s where you can gain the most advantage.”
Beljan played in many JGAA events growing up, and was a part of several more through direct participation as title sponsor and/or support from his home course, Alta Mesa.
He won the 2002 U.S. Junior Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club with a 2-foot birdie putt on the 20th hole, in addition to winning the 2006 Arizona Amateur.
Beljan played college golf at the University of New Mexico, where he won three times and was an All-American in 2007.
In 2012 on the PGA Tour, Beljan won the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic in dramatic fashion, and nearly did the same the following year at the Northern Trust Open after making a charge from five strokes back to force a playoff.
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