Straight-Line Golf Technique for Reading Putts

By Laird Small

Find the Break in Your Golf Putt

You can see that putt has quite a bit of break to it and I did not pick the right line. Here is another technique that can help you figure out the right break.

Look for the High Point of Your Putt

If looking at the hole and seeing the entry point does not help you in terms of envisioning a clock or the entry point like we showed with that portion of a cup here is another way that can help you. Many players will see putts as a straight line to a specific point and then allow the curve of the green to move the ball to the target. So what I am going to do here as I survey the putt is see where the high point is, I am going to put a mark there, and I am going to hit my putt in a straight line from here to that point and then allow the contour of the green to curve it to the hole.

Use Tees to Mark the High Point

I am going to use some tees to help identify this and this is a way for you to practice identifying where the high spot will be. What I am going to do here is put a gate right where I think the high spot will be, just two tees about four inches apart, and my job is to roll the ball through that. If this representation does not make sense to you then you can also draw the conclusion of the straight line near the hole so that you are going to see a straight line from your ball through the gate and to the conclusion tee to the side of the hole. So whether your line is to the gate or to the tee near the hole it does not really matter as long as you have a spot.

Let's show you what that looks like with a putt. My focus and thought process is going to be to hit the putt through the gate and then allow the contour of the green to do the rest of the job. Hey, get in there. That was all right.

Find the Putting Technique That is Right for You

There are a lot of different techniques that you can use. Find a technique, settle on it, that helps you make more putts. 90 percent of the putts that you have will have some sort of contour to them and these types of techniques can help you to figure it out and make more putts.


Category: Reading Greens
Sub Categories: Practice

About the Instructor

Laird Small
Laird Small
Pebble Beach Golf Academy
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Tel: 831-622-8650