Momentum is key in matchplay. To that end, one must never assume a hole is won or your opponent is out of the hole until you’ve nailed that winning putt.
A common way momentum is lost is when you hit your approach shot close only for your opponent to strike first with a lengthy birdie putt. This can sometimes leave you rattled, shocked even, and lead you to miss your putt knowing it’s for a half rather than a win.
So to preserve your momentum, always expect your opponent to hole his putt, as TG Elite Pro Adrian Fryer explains in this golf video tip. That way, you won’t become disheartened when he does and if he misses, it’s a bonus that instills confidence and relieves some pressure.