• Why you should
read your putts
• The truth about
You just never feel confident that you’ve
determined the proper line for any putt.
After studying the dynamics of reading greens
and how putts break for the better part of
three decades, I’ve developed a simple and
uncomplicated method that will help you improve
in both areas. Here’s how it works:
Step 1: Walk from your ball to a spot behind the
hole that’s on a direct line between the ball and the
cup. From this vantage point, imagine the last three
feet of your putt and how the ball will roll as it slows
down and curves at perfect speed into the hole.
Step 2: With this last three feet of curve in mind,
picture the ball rolling backward to where your putt
starts. Connect the two to get the curving track that
the ball will roll on once you stroke the putt.
Step 3: Walk back behind your ball and then slide
from the ball-hole line [yellow] over to what I call
the AimLineâ„¢ of the perfect ball track [green]. Look
down the AimLineâ„¢ to see where you must start
the putt in order for it to curve into the cup.
Step 4: Move to the ball and “feel” your practice
stroke rolling the ball at perfect speed to allow
it to break along the perfect ball track. Step in,
square your putterface to the AimLineâ„¢, pull the
trigger and… voila.
Why it works
You’d aim a rifle by getting one eye looking directly down the barrel
through the sights.You wouldn’t aim it from the side.This phenomenon
also applies to putting; you can’t see the aim direction or imagine the
break trajectory if your eyes are positioned away from the starting line
of the putt. Aligning your putts with your eyes on the AimLineâ„¢ is the
same as looking down the barrel of a rifle. It lets you “see” your stroke
target and makes it easy to aim your body, stroke and putt.