You’ve probably heard this saying before if you play golf: If you’re not sure which way a green breaks, look around for the closest body of water since that’s where the ball will like to go.
That’s simply untrue, according to GOLF Top 100 Teacher Carol Preisinger, and adopting the concept as part of your green-reading technique won’t produce positive results.
At the GOLF Top 100 Teacher Summit in Pinehurst, Preisinger said to me, “A putt’s break has nothing to do with where water is.” It all depends on how steeply sloping the area of the green you’re currently on is. Gravity cannot be defeated by a ball.
For instance, the water does not cancel out the green’s break on a right-to-left putt with the ocean on the right. “The ball is not going to go toward the ocean,” Preisinger said. “It’s going to break left.”
In the world of golf, according to Presisnger, there is a lot of “folklore” that has been disproved by contemporary study and 3D analysis.
“I’ve learned so much about contour, reading greens, tilt and time,” Presinger said of her long teaching career. “I wish I’d known yeas ago how to feel slope with my feet and know that the direction of the slope, the amount of slope and the time the ball’s rolling on the green, those three factors are what make a ball break.”
Preisinger holds an Aimpoint instructor certification. Many of the top players in the world have embraced the Aimpoint three-step green-reading approach.
Original article posted on Golf.com
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