Saturday, August 7, 2010

How to Read Breaking Putts

This post features a drill that will help you to sink breaking putts more easily. If breaking putts make you sweat then you need to try this simple putting drill. Reading and sinking breaking putts will get easier with this drill that helps you by giving you a new approach. How is this accomplished? It helps you by eliminating guess work and helps you to visualize the line.

Read Greens Like a Professional
Tip 1: When you are on the practice green look for a hole to putt to that has a break in it. Get near the hole and imagine the face of a clock. Put a tee in the ground for the 12 o'clock time, then one for 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, and 9 o'clock. Place the tees about one inch from the hole. Walk about 10 paces away from hole and set a golf ball down and crouch down behind it and try to imagine the line.

Step 2: Determine the break and try to figure out "what time" you want the ball to drop into the hole.

Tip 3: Forget about mechanics and just hit the ball to the proper "time".

Tip 4: Move around clockwise around the cup to learn how your ball reacts to different breaks.

This putting drill will help you to see line of the putt as you use your imaginary "putting clock". Breaking putts and straight putts will become much easier. Hope this drill helps!


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  2. Great tip. Poor putting costs me between 18 and 36 shots per round so I can't wait to try this. Thanks.

  3. Lining up at 6 o'clock and hitting the ball to 4 or 5 o'clock allows you to use more of the hole. It allow a slow putt to drop in at 3 o'clock and a fast put to still get in the hole at 7 or maybe 8 o'clock. Allow as much of the hole as possible to be available to your putt.

  4. When reading break, most golfers do not read enough break. Hit above the hole more than you might think. As the ball dies, it will be moving toward the hole instead of away from it, giving you a shorter second putt.