After you have successfully established a reference putt, you can start to apply this drill to other courses. Upon your arrival at a new course, you should head to the putting green and choose the same distance as you chose for your reference putt. If you cannot find a straight putt to a specific hole location, you can also choose to putt to the fringe. Now it is time to replicate your putting stroke.
The immediate feedback you will get is that either your putt is too short, meaning the green is slower than your greens at home, it is too long, so the green is faster, or you have the same conditions as at your home course and therefore you don’t need to make any adjustments. This drill is a wonderful way to calibrate your putting and it gives you something that will help you adjust to different green conditions faster.
Stimpmeter and break
Just like the speed of a putt can influence the amount of break you will have to account for, the speed of a green will influence break as well. Intuitively you might think the faster the green the less break you need to play but it is vice versa. The faster a green gets the slower you need to hit your putt, which means that it is more susceptible to break.
In the video below Mike Kanski has simulated with the help of PuttView how break changes when the speed of the green changes. While PuttView is calibrated at a certain green speed, you can change the stimpmeter value manually and PuttView will recalculate the putts accordingly. Obviously you cannot play the putts shown in the video as the green speed has not changed, but you will be able to see how big of an influence green speed has on break. So feel free to try it out if you have a PuttView System or watch the video below.
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