Play the Break
This month we’re going to talk about hitting putts with significant break.
Some of the things I’m going to tell you are going to be hard to believe, but they’re true.
The main reason we miss big breaking putts is not your grip, stance, stroke or anything else. It is that we don’t play enough break.
The average golfer misses 80 percent of his or her putts on the low side of the hole. I know you’re probably saying that’s a bunch of baloney, but it’s true. If you don’t believe it, go to the putting green and pick out a putt that breaks at least six inches either left or right. Hit six putts on what you think is the correct line. I’ll bet you leave at least four on the low side of the hole. If you keep them all either in the hole or above it, you’re a better reader of greens and putter than most touring pros.
Putts that slide by on the low side aren’t going in but putts that come from the high side have a much better chance because they are coming into the hole from the right direction and gravity will help them fall in.
If you realize this and have the willpower to change the way you read the break on greens, I absolutely guarantee you’ll make more putts. Especially from 10 feet in.
Here is what you need to do. Play close to double the break you think it is. Hard to believe, isn’t it? Try it on the putting green with a sloping putt eight or 10 feet long and watch what happens. Keep doing it until you can putt six balls and either make them or miss on the high side. It isn’t as easy as you think, but if you master it and are able to take it to the golf course, you’ll be a better putter.
Remember the touring pros haven’t mastered it and neither have I, but they miss fewer on the low side than the average golfer and consequently make
This is one of the few things we can do like the pros since it doesn’t take strength, technique, or anything else you can think of. Just willpower. If you even get 50 percent more of your putts to finish on the high side, you will be a much better putter and make more putts!
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