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What if every one of your putts was a straight putt with no break? You'd make a lot more putts. Right? And you'd lower your scores, too. Well there is a way to do it, and the secret isn't in your putt, it's in your approach shot.
Reading the green is, without question, the most mysterious aspect of the game of golf. Some say it's an innate ability, others say it's a skill that can be learned. I say those ideas are myths and that there's only one way to read a green accurately, measure it.
The myth is that there is only one aspect to the break on the green - the break direction. In thinking this, golfers are missing one of the two critical aspects of the break - the break amount (the severity of slope) - and how it can affect the roll of the ball. They're also missing a lot of putts.
Many golfers assume that most golf greens have only a single break or will break in only one direction. This is a myth. In reality, most greens will have a number of different breaks, and each one can affect your putt differently.
We were invited by the Riviera Country Club to measure the slope of their greens prior to the Northern Trust Open 2008. Of course, we used the BreakMaster Digital Green Reader - the pro's choice that's used by hundreds of pros and tournament committees on all the tours, major and minor.
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