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Question

Can you give me some tips on reading longer putts?

John Arnold
November 07, 2015

Bobby’s Answer

Reading putts is critical to being a better putter.  Playing in pro-am’s, I see amateurs start to under-read the break as the putt gets longer.  Learning to properly read breaks, especially on longer putts, can help you avoid 3 putting and IMMEDIATELY  start to lower your score.

Comments

  1. My son seems to always push the ball to the right. even with irons. what might be the cause? Not a sclice but a push.

    1. The most common cause of the “Push ” to the right is the slide forwards of the body during the downswing .

  2. Well, I am new to golf as my mentor died last year. I have clubs and I plan to play again this year. I am getting better and my shots are longer and my putting is improving.

  3. Nice tip, except for the last statement about walking around the entire hole. For the vast majority of amateurs that’s not going to make a big difference and it will just slow down play even more than it is now. How many times have you seen an amateur labor over a long putt only to leave it way long or blow it way past??? A better suggestion would be for players to look at the entire green on their way to the ball so they have a general sense of the break in the putt.

  4. When I try to hit a fade or a draw, do I make my aiming point (divot) 4 inches to the right or left of the ball?

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