Description: Play more break than you normally would on downhill putts. That slow-rolling ball is going to break more than you think coming down the hill!
|Cartoon by Jerry King. Used with permission.|
For an excellent (and fun) demonstration of this, have a look at Nick Faldo's putt for birdie at the 2009 Masters Par 3 tournament. Watch Nick's uphill putt -- there is almost no break going uphill (0:04). But then watch as the ball moves back downhill -- there is almost six inches of break coming downhill before Faldo's slow-rolling ball finally drops (0:12).
Of course Augusta National's lightning-fast greens exaggerate the effect beyond what the Occasional Golfer is likely to see, but the point still stands -- downhill putts have more break because the ball rolls more slowly, and gravity therefore has a larger effect on the ball's path.
Thanks to Sir Nick Faldo for this outstanding demonstration of uphill and downhill putting!
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