Fall Line Gadget.mov

Megan McChrystal and Geoff Mangum teach how to perceive the fall line of the green and the surface slope, with a simple gadget — a piece of string and a tee peg.


Chris Downing - October 25, 2012

Great idea. In fact I saw two of these line spirit levels in a pack for a
dollar today. And a length of string. A gretsbtool for 50c.

Chris Downing - April 19, 2013

Ha – am I the olny guy in the World that thinks this is a great tool – or
does everyone think you have to pay at least £50 for something that will
work? You know one of the big issues is players feeling embarrassed to use
something like this at their club. Well I can tell you that I am probably
best known for practicing a lot on the practice area – and you know what, I
reall don’t care if people get to know I practice a lot on the practice
putting area. I use this and a 3 foot length of 3″x3

Andrew Leach - May 26, 2013

This is unnecessarily difficult. Just use a Breakmaster. Much faster and
more accurate.

Chris Downing - July 27, 2013

OK – dead easy – if you want something small – considering you can’t use
this in a real round – so load up your iPhone with a incination app – put
the iphone on the grass – it will read out load what the incination is in %
or anything else you want – costs less than £2. But what I do like about
playing around with pieces of string and the like, is you get a real feel
for what 1,2,3,4,5,6% looks and feels like under you feet and in your eyes.
Familiarity is what you want – a learning process ..

justpar2012 - March 17, 2014

What does it prove to find the fall line if your ball is in a different
location around the hole?

    Chris Downing - March 21, 2014

    Once you understand where the fall line is you can judge how much the ball
    will fall along the fall line whilst the putt travels to the hole. Once
    you have worked that out all putts around the hole from the same distance
    need to be aimed at the target point. I did the course with one of Geoff’s
    trained instructors in Huddersfield. Well worth the 350 mile round trip –
    check out more of Geoff’s videos.

    justpar2012 - March 21, 2014

    That’s great to see that method but what does 2% mean to putting? Every
    green will be different and we can’t stop and measure every hole to find
    the Fall Line. We can only make the best guess at where it is with the
    information Geoff has given us. It took him 3 putts to get it right. We
    have 1 try.

Chris Downing - March 21, 2014

Yes a Breakmaster would do the same job – but its a bit small compared to
using the string and spirit level method. And so would a 12″ normal spirit
level to some extent – but they don’t have % inclination markings. Another
cheap option, would be an inclinometer app for your iPhone or iPad (iPad
better because it’s bigger). But remember when you are placing your iPhone
or iPad onto the practice putting green, that it’s worth $800 and $500 –
step on either with your spikes and you’ll wish you went with the string
and 50c level!!!

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