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