Geoff Mangum on Reading Putts 3 of 7: One speed, one read

Geoff Mangum of the PuttingZone.com describes how the prediction of the curving break path has embedded in it the usual delivery speed of the golfer's personal touch, and this means that there is never any speed to use in executing a putt other than "the usual" (3 factors for break: slope steepness and direction, green rolling speed, and ball rolling speed).

4 thoughts on “Geoff Mangum on Reading Putts 3 of 7: One speed, one read

  1. TheNYgolfer says:

    Geoff love your videos. Maybe I’m misunderstanding you here but it seems
    that you are advocating what is called “apex putting”. You draw a line from
    the ball through the apex of the curving path the putt rolls on and extend
    that line to the fall line.Where it crosses the fall line becomes your
    aiming point.Assuming the putt is rolled at the proper speed (2 RPS at the
    lip), wouldn’t that result in the typical miss on the “amateur side” (low
    side)? Wouldn’t u have 2 aim ‘higher’ than the apex?

  2. Geoff Mangum says:

    No, the “tangent” at the ball never aims at the “apex” — that is you just
    echoing the stupid non-geometry of the usual golf teachers, who don’t know
    what a tangent is. The tangent is like the headlights of a car on a curving
    road at night. The “start line” never aims at the “apex”, which should be
    defined (never is) as the maximum separation from a baseline straight from
    the ball to the center of the cup, but along the direction of the tangent
    at the ball. The apex is too low.

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