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Golf Putting Lines - the secrets of breaking putts

Updated on October 24, 2014

Golf Putting Lines, the ultimate spot about breaking putts

Improving your golf scores can be as simple as finding a way to discover successful ball tracks when putting on the slope. Here you have my video, my articles and other stuff I wrote about this subject. As far as I know, no one has ever addressed this subject the way I do.

Golf putting lines video

Here you have the secret to stop fearing and start sinking a lot of breaking putts. My ebook, my articles and all my writing on this subject have only one objective: to explain and to teach how to use in every green situation the content of this video. And believe me, it works!

Beware of a Common Pitfall in Golf Putting

Summary: I wrote this article to help people deal with a problem very well known among golf players: Does your 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.


Now you are on the green, holding your putter, facing the pin and trying to evaluate the shape of that area between your golf ball and the hole. Forget about the strokes needed to reach the green. That's past, that's history. And because it's not the right time to put pressure on you, forget also

a) that the last few yards on the green can take more strokes than the 3 or 4 hundred yards between the tee and the green

b) there's no such thing as a recovery for a missed putt

Let's assume that you are aware of all that and take golf putting seriously. So, the most important thing you desperately need now is to know the slope of your putting area, that is the green's zone your ball will cross on its way to the hole. You observe carefully from the ball's side and there's no doubt it will break slightly say, from north to south (n/s). Now, let's have a look from the other side to get a clearer picture. And . . . oops! It breaks slightly from south to north (s/n).

Now you have a big problem that all of us (who look from both sides) faced several times. If your group is alone on the golf course and your buddies aren't pushing too much, you can repeat the entire process but the results won't change. Perhaps it's because the shadows are distorting the image or, perhaps, some objects in front of you (trees, fences, etc) are giving you a wrong perception. Still more likely, perhaps you are a biased observer. Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps! But the truth is that the data your eyes sent to your CPU (brain) are not coincident, so your brain gets confused with that and any commands coming to your muscles will reflect that dilemma. It's easy to predict there's trouble ahead.

Some of us, in this situation, decide to forget what they saw from the hole's side. It's a wise decision. At least you'll act according to what you see when you take your stance to putt. But you can almost safely bet that you won't make that putt. Why? Because if the break is there it won't disappear just because you decided to ignore it.

Another solution is to try to emulate King Solomon's method, when he ruled that a baby was to be cut in two pieces, one for each of two women who wanted the child (fortunately the case was settled before the King's command was executed!). Using this method you just aim straight to the hole. The rationale is that if you see one thing from one side and the opposite from the other side, chances are that the solution is just in the middle. If you are a lucky guy, it might work. But don't expect too much.

My conclusion, after lots of missed putts and careful observations and experiments, is this: When you see something it's better to believe it's true and not a product of your imagination. If you see a n/s break, it's probably there. If, from the other side, you see a s/n break, it's probably also there. You have a putt with double break and your observations just privileged the green's area closer to you in both cases. You shouldn't be surprised to get a better and more detailed view of what is closer to you, should you? And don't forget we are talking about slight breaks, not clear double breaks where we can use the method explained in Golf Putting Lines Ebook.

The double break theory explains why some of us only use the information gathered from the ball's side and don't report a major cognitive dissonance. On one hand, our brain is a bit more confident because it's acting according to what our eyes see when we putt. On the other hand, we witness that the ball starts breaking as it's supposed to. There's only one disturbing factor: it rarely enters in the hole, because we didn't consider in our "putting equation" the second break that was there waiting for the ball. Next time try to make a small adjustment and reduce the anticipated break a little bit. It has worked with me and perhaps it will work for you too. Good luck!

Beware of the pitfall

Beware of the pitfall
Beware of the pitfall

A Black Hole in Golf Putting

Summary: An article I wrote about Golf Putting and the specifics of breaking putts. It's also analysed why this subject, till recently, has never been deeply studied.

No, I'm not referring to that hole on the green where the pin rests waiting to be removed to let the golf ball go in. Instead, I'm talking about Black Holes, those regions of cosmic space with a gravitational field so intense that not even light can escape from it. That is, we don't know anything about what's inside.

In golf putting there's also a kind of Black Hole for the great majority of players. Inside, is carefully kept the background needed to confidently face breaking putts. As a consequence, millions of golf players feel like zombies, lost in the middle of sloping greens, having their eyes blindfolded.

Too much drama? I won't dispute that. I just want to emphasise that there are lots of easy putts missed everyday, everywhere, by golfers that never had the chance to learn how to deal with this subject of breaking putts. And it can be taught and made easy to use for common players of all levels.

Remember your first attempts with breaking putts. Perhaps you are a self made putter that found your way by trial and error; or maybe you went to the golf course with some kind of golf guru that, for every breaking putt, told you to aim x inches, or y feet, or z yards above the hole. And, regardless of the outcome, you were astonished and wondering where did those magic distances come from and desiring to get the talent to decide it on your own. But you found it impossible to discover anything written specifically about it or a serious way to be taught about that.

This is a very important subject because breaking putts are something every golfer has to face several times during a round of golf and, no matter how good his putting technique is, success won't come unless he chooses a good line. This fact is related with another one. When a golf player has a breaking putt to do he must aim some point that isn't the cup's centre and if he or she doesn't know what kind of ball track the ball will follow all happens as if he, or she, is putting blindfolded. Even for non-golfers it's easy to feel the drama. And if we consider that during a round of golf almost half of total strokes are putts and more than half of them can be breaking putts, the drama turns to tragedy.

The reason that made this problem remain for so long without some light being shed on it, is the fact that some basic concepts of physics and geometry are needed to deal with it. And those 2 words are scary and intimidate common people, even before you enter the subject. This means we are facing a kind of vicious circle: the problem is important and needs to be addressed, the solution is based on some basic concepts that scare people, no one dares, so, the problem remains unsolved.

The first serious attempt I know to break this stalemate is an ebook called Golf Putting Lines that is now selling online. As far as I know, there are no other books, articles, videos, whatever, thoroughly treating this subject. It assumes that correctly identifying lines is a matter that requires some background in physics and geometry that the great majority of golf players don't have, or don't remember, or don't even want to hear about for its reputation of being difficult and inappropriate for a golfing environment. As a consequence, objective number one was to make it simple at any cost. I believe it is and I also believe it's accessible for anyone with a normal background.

This is what is inside:

>Insights about ball tracks. The concept; the different kinds.

>Break definition and the right point where it must be measured.

>Introduction to the concepts of "aim point" and "break point".

>Explanations about break and clues to evaluate how much a putt will break.

>Analysis of the different factors that affect ball trajectory.

>Suggestions of some drills and experiments that will help golfers to become more sensitive to the several green factors that influence putting lines and, as a consequence, make them more confident with those putts that used to make people sweat even in cold winter days.

For those interested in a deeper insight, it's also revealed why and how things happen and no more than that. This is a separate chapter everybody can skip without major consequences.

There is also room for surprise, for instance, when it's explained why putts in the range 1 to 4 yards (roughly) are more reliable if there is a clear break to consider than if they look flat and level.

Interesting, as well, is the fact that the ebook is as succinct as possible because the author believes readers are looking for solutions, not for literature.

The result is an ebook that tries to fill the gap between the solutions every golfer needs to become a better player and the theory behind those solutions, something no one is remotely interested in. In other words, it is a successful attempt to provide some gain without pain.

I'm the author of Golf Putting Lines Ebook

The only ebook about how to deal with breaking putts!

Go to Amazon and . . . find a way to improve your golf putting

Putting My Way: A Lifetime's Worth of Tips from Golf's All-Time Greatest
Putting My Way: A Lifetime's Worth of Tips from Golf's All-Time Greatest

If this man can't teach us anything about golf putting, who else can?


Reader's Feedback. Hi! You are welcome here. Any comments, suggestions, doubts, criticism, etc, will be appreciated.

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    • TonyPayne profile image

      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Useful tips. I haven't really played golf much, but the lie of the land is critical to being able to putt successfully.

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      7 years ago

      I'm new to the world of Golfing... but very interesting & informative!! Nice to have learned something new today :-) ... The attention to detail would help the avid golfers for sure! Thanks for sharing.

    • Marcel W profile imageAUTHOR

      Marcel White 

      7 years ago

      @HorseAndPony LM: Sorry for this late reply but I've been out for a few days. Thanks for visiting and dropping a line.

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      HorseAndPony LM 

      7 years ago

      Great tips. Thanks for sharing!

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      9 years ago

      Nice insightful and innovative lens! A simple way for golfers to identify the correct putting line is a great idea. Finding the correct aiming point and breaking point is really a challenge for many golfers. John P


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