Putting slope vs. distance

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Nailing putts in Golden Tee is all about gauging slope vs. distance. The further away you are from the hole, the more the slope is going to affect your putt, so the more break you’ll have to play with the same degree slope.

In Golden Tee, one great tip to know is that you can’t hit a putt so hard that it lips out of the hole. So, a lot of guys really crank their putts to try to take some break out of the shot. The harder you hit a putt, the less the slope affects the break, so the more you can aim right at the hole. The risk in this, of course, is that you can blow the ball way by the hole if you do miss the putt (see section on “Downhill Putts”, especially). Or, you might not be as accurate in your direction if you try to putt it too hard.

Long putts do require a strong shot – the worst thing you can do is leave a putt short and never give it a chance to go in!

Slope vs. distance is a constant battle that you’ll get lots of practice at. On most medium-distance putts of only 1 or 2 degree break, you can aim at the high-side of the cup and make them pretty consistently. When you start to see a lot of break, you’ll need experience to gauge strength vs. direction in your shot. For instance, you’d probably play a 70-foot putt with 1 degree slope, a 35-foot putt with 2 degrees slope, and a 20-foot putt with 3 degrees slope all on the same line. Really, the best thing to do here is get lots of practice, but I can help with some specific tips in certain situations within this section.

I can’t stress enough that the large majority of putts in Golden Tee are missed because you don’t play enough break.  If you aren’t sure, try to err on the side of too much break — you may be surprised to see the ball go right in the hole!

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  1. One thing ive caught onto is that if you start your ball out to far it brakes immediatly.And that if you dont pull back and you hit it to hard and can leave you with a nasty secound putt.

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