How to Make Tough Breaking Putts a Breeze

By Patrick Foley

Learning how to hit putts on tough breaks takes a high level of experience and confidence. Developing a constant putting stroke and solid feel is the most essential trait for hitting every putt. Also, there are a few drills that help to increase strength in reading putts and learning how to hit every type of breaking putt. With constant practice and putting control, these tough breaking putts will be a breeze.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Step 1
Increase feel. It is extremely important to gain feel through constant practice with putting. An effective drill for practicing putting is to find a hole that is on an incline and then place eight balls around the hole to form a circle. This drill will let you hit putts from every different break. When you have an increased sense of feel, all putts will become easier.
Step 2
Focus on conditions. When playing a round, you should always practice putting on the greens before the round to get a feel for how the grain affects the putts, what type of grass is on the green and moisture levels. All of these areas are going to affect how fast the ball runs, as well as how much break there will be on the greens. Going out before the round and getting a feel for the greens will help you when making reads on upcoming putts during the round.
Step 3
Hit the putt. There are two areas after gaining proper feel that are extremely important to hitting breaking putts. First is to have a smooth stroke. Don't allow the putt to be jerky, because then there will be increased probability of mishits. With mishits on breaking putts, the outcome can be much worse than on a normal putt. Second is to commit to the line. Commit to where you are going to hit the ball. Even if you miss the putt, the ball will be in a better position than if you lift up. Committing to the putt will also keep your putting stroke consistent. Focus on these areas to always knock down breaking putts.

Tips & Warnings

Maintain a smooth stroke. Commit to the line.
Maintain a smooth stroke.
Commit to the line.

About The Author

Patrick Foley is a writer from Phoenix, AZ. He is a sports fanatic and loves football, golf, and track. He has been writing for Golf Link for almost a year. He is a college football player at the University of Pennsylvania. He is enrolled in the Wharton Business School.He has have a wide set of skills in writing and marketing.

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