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PGA Teach­ing Pro­fes­sional Clin­ton Rus­sell says ev­ery putt is a straight putt. Don’t be­lieve him? Check this out.

EV­ERY putt is a straight putt! On face value, this seems like a silly state­ment to make. But it isn’t when you con­sider this. Ev­ery break­ing putt has an apex point where the slope and grav­ity take over and the ball will move left or right … hope­fully to­wards the hole.

The key to hol­ing break­ing putts is to hit a straight putt at the apex point.

Us­ing two clubs or align­ment sticks, lay one club point­ing at the hole and an­other aimed at the apex point (pic 1) – the point where you be­lieve you will need to aim your straight putt and, if struck at the right speed, will then break into the hole. Here, I have placed a tee on the ideal line that will see a ‘straight’ putt hit to­wards the apex point.

Hit a putt mak­ing sure the ball trav­els along the club/stick as it trav­els to­wards the apex point (pics 2,3, 4 & 5).

If you miss the hole on the low side, you are prob­a­bly un­der-read­ing the break. It’s bet­ter to miss on the high side and read too much break, giv­ing your­self a greater chance to make the putt.

Cer­ti­fied PGA Pro­fes­sional CLIN­TON RUS­SELL is a Syd­ney-based teach­ing pro. You can book a les­son, in­clud­ing a play­ing les­son, with Clin­ton via his web­site www.clint­golf.com.au

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