Study says golfers should look at target line rather than ball on breaking putts

Take a leaf out of Jordan Spieth's book...

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017

Study says golfers should look at target line rather than ball on breaking putts


A new study says golfers should look at their intended target rather than at the ball on breaking putts.

Researchers at St Francis University in Nova Scotia, Canada, took 248 golfers and challenged them to make breaking putts from six, 10 and 14 feet using both techniques.

When looking at the target line, the players made 3% more hole outs.

"It doesn't sound like it's a big difference but if you think about it in golf terms… you're going to save one stroke a round and that's actually very meaningful for golfers," said Neil MacInnis, one of the study’s authors.

Jordan Spieth famously looks at the hole on short putts, as do a few other Tour pros.