Breaking putts on ultra-fast, sloping greens are the stuff of nightmares for most amateur putters. They’re hard to read and just about impossible to sink, right? What if we told you you’re overthinking the break and tracking it the wrong way? In this lesson, we’ll let you in on a little secret for reading the break, and teach you simple putting drills you can practice to gain confidence with your putter and start sinking more of those terror-inducing breakers.
Putting drills you should learn to beat the break
To help you take the frustration out of lining up and attacking breaking putts, PGA Professional Mike Davis demonstrates one of many basic putting drills that you can add to your practice routine to get a handle on the break and shed some valuable strokes from your score.
Like most handy putting tips and drills, Mike’s exercise for beating the break is inexpensive, easy to learn and extremely effective. All you’ll need for this drill is your putter, a bag of balls and a quick rig made from a length of string and two ordinary skewers. Once you’ve set up your station, Mike shows you how to practice proper break-putting technique.
He explains why it’s important when setting up for a sloped putt that you track your aiming point rather than the hole. Tracking the hole generally leads to pulled putts that end up below the hole, while if you track your aiming point and let gravity do its job, you’ll sink the putt and walk away with confidence.
There’s not much more to it than that. Seems easy when we put it that way, right? If you follow along with Mike’s instruction, take advantage of more free golf tips and utilize this and other putting drills like it to improve your break-reading technique, we guarantee you’ll be draining those nightmare sliders and watch your score shake those unwanted strokes!