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Linear vs. non-linear: which are you

Short game guru David Patrick explains different methods of green-reading

Which method do you use when lining-up your putts: linear or non-linear? Not quite sure? We can’t say that we’re surprised. There aren’t many golfers that can make the distinction. 

When it comes to reading greens, most golfers take in the break of the putt from behind the ball, they may even have a little look from the side to gauge the speed of the putt (uphill/downhill) but few know the exact process they should employ depending on the way that their brain works.

You see, whether you like it or not, you’re either linear or non-linear and this means the way you go about reading the green and the spot you aim at when you step into the ball should be quite different.

A player has to decide whether they are linear or non-linear and then stick to that method. Linear putters tend to be left-brained and analytical and like routines. Right-brained, creative people are usually non-linear putters.

From a break down of the figures, you’ll see that around 85% of PGA Tour players are non-linear. A player has to decide whether they are linear or non-linear and then stick to that method.

In this video, our man David Patrick explains the distinction between linear and non-linear and how players that fall into each bracket should go about things with the short stick in hand.

Originally published on bunkered on July 24, 2012.

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