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> A Few Secrets About Breaking Putts in Golf  

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>  How to measure the speed of a golf putting green 

Summary:  Make your own "Stimpmeter" to estimate putting green speed.

Those who play golf are familiar with the concept of green speed - the distance the ball travels on the green before coming to rest. Green speed estimates are crucial to let golfers adjust their way of putting to different green conditions. Read this article I published on Squidoo and see that it is likely that in your attic or garage you can find what you need to make a useful "almost" Stimpmeter, the device designed to measure green speed.

Marcel White    (2014/05/21)


> The concept of putting line in golf

Summary: See how understanding this easy concept is the first step to improve your putting performance.

Discussing golf concepts isn’t certainly the best way to attract golf readers. Unless the author can show that fully understanding a certain concept will improve the overall performance of golf players. I’ll try to do just that.

The concept of putting line is one of the most misunderstood in golf. It’s not very commonly used by golf players but everybody seems to know what it means. However, it’s difficult to get two different people with the same definition. Some golfers believe it’s the same thing as line of the putt (an imaginary line extending from the cup to the ball) but others will tell that the putting line for a certain putt is the line defined by the ball and the aim point for that putt. A different opinion have those who consider that the trajectory of the ball after the putter stroke is the real putting line. My definition is a little different and states that the putting line is the imaginary line we believe the ball will follow on its way to the cup.

When I began writing about putting lines I felt the need to use words in a clear way to avoid causing confusion and extra difficulties to my readers. If the subject is breaking putts, what we need is a method to discover the aim point that will produce a successful putt and this seems to suggest that we don’t need to care about any kind of breaking line and just have to focus on discovering the magical point that brings the desired outcome.

Unfortunately, things are not so easy and thinking about the anticipated curve is the very best way to discover the aim point. Let’s put it this way: usually putts are not straight lines and what we get are curves that can be very complex and impossible to predict. Think about double and triple breaks as an example of this. But, in some cases, they are predictable and having a convenient background is enough to make fair estimates of successful putting lines.

How does this help us to putt better and what has this to do with the concept of putting line? Well, we have to separate the processes before and after we putt. Instead of guessing about an aim point (before) and observing the real trajectory (after) we will try to anticipate the putting line (an output of our brains) and later, check how it compares with the real trajectory.

And now the cherry on top of the cake: if you can predict the shape of the putting line connecting the ball and the hole there’s a tool to find a reliable aim point for that putt. Here it is: the aim line must be tangent to the putting line when the ball starts moving. In other words, and this is my point, the path to putting success isn’t trying to get an aim point out of the blue but, instead, using some rules to discover the putting line and then aligning the putter to follow the tangent to that line at the point where the putt starts.

Now it’s easy to see that the concept of putting line, the product of our background about breaking putts, was not important before someone decided to substantiate the process of finding the aim point for each putt. My ebook Golf Putting Lines is all about this subject and has helped a great number of golfers to putt more successfully

Marcel White  (2014/01/13)


 Golf tips on green and putt reading

Summary: Those who have serious problems reading greens and putts may find here some tips that will provide help to better understand the piece of ground their ball will have to cross and, as a result, hole more putts.

Marcel White  (2012/04/17)

> Golf Putting Tips About Wet Greens

Summary: Wet greens are slower and golfers have to hit the ball harder to reach the same distance. See how to adjust your aim point if the green is wet and your next putt breaks.

Marcel White (2012/07/23)

> A New Golf Tip on Putting From Off the Green

Summary: Find the answer to the question golfers always ask: for the same distance, how much harder shall I hit the ball when putting from off the green?

P. S. If you decide to try this tip, please give me feedback in my page Contacts & Links. I always like to know if it worked for you as it worked for me and my friends.    

Marcel White  (2010/12/23)


> What Is More Important in Golf Putting, Line or Distance?

Summary: Almost all golf players believe that controlling distance is the key factor to a solid golf putting performance. This is not 100% true. See why line or distance can be the most important factor, depending on the nature of the putt you have to make. 

Marcel White  (2010/9/03)


> Gadgets and procedures that may (or may not) help, in golf putting

Summary: Learn how to deal with breaking putts. First, a quick review of procedures and devices not allowed, or not useful, or both and why they are not the solution for golf putting problems. After, a quick review of procedures allowed to deal with breaking putts, that are the solution for some golf putting problems.

Marcel White  (2009/11/23)


> Beware of a Common Pitfall in Golf Putting

This article deals with a problem very well known among golf players: Does the next putt break to the left or to the right? Sometimes, observations from the ball's side and the hole's side lead to different conclusions. Find out why this is so and how to avoid the pitfall in order to save precious strokes to your golf scores.

Marcel White  (2009/8/11)


> A Few Secrets About Breaking Putts in Golf   (free ebook by Marcel White)