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So here you join me for a really interesting putt. This putt is a simulation of a putt that would break two ways. And I say a simulation because actually the putting green I’m on only has putts that all break one way. So I’ve actually included one of the mounds on the periphery, on the fringe of the green to give you this idea of putting from a putt that breaks two different directions. So we’ve got two equal size mound; there’s one here putting down to the hole behind me here, and there’s another putt over -- sorry another hump on the mound over up on this side here and my ball distance in front of the camera. And what I’ve got to do here is work out all the logistics that go into how that putt is going to move to this slope and then how it’s going to move from this slope down to the hole.

So effectively I’m reading two completely independent little putts. And imagine the putt would get to here and how would it break the line and the speed that it would take, and then I’ll have a look at this putt and understand how it will come down to here. Now, even if these two mounds were completely identical in terms of the shape and their size this putt would not be straight because I have to hit a putt that goes hard to start with and then go slowly towards the hole as it slows down. The second mound has far more influence over the putt than the first mound.

So to that end, I need to take more attention and pay more attention to reading the second slope and certainly allow more sort of variation on my line for that second mound. So this putt even if it was exactly the same mound here and exactly the same mound here, this one breaks to the right and this one breaks to the left. I would have to allow much more for the break to the left because that mound has more influence. So, if the two mounds are exactly the same shape, I still cant aim this putt straight. So consider that as the ball rolls off this mound, it’s moving quickly it doesn’t break much; as it comes to here, it breaks a lot more. But once I put all that information into my head, all that data into my head and I then pick a really consistent line but mainly length, I’ve got to get my length right on this putt; I’ve really got to be consistent with the stroke that I choose.

And I’ve also got to be confident with it; I’ve got to pick a spot upon the hill here and actually confidently go ahead and hit it. Now, due to the nature of the putting surface and that fact that we’re actually on the fringe, I’m not going to embarrass myself and take this putt because it could bounce off, it could go into that far most field for all I know from here. But if you can practice on double breaking putts, if you’ve got a putting green on the golf course that has a couple of big slopes on it, just consider how much of effect the first slope has, and then consider how much of effect the second slope has making sure you give a lot more bias to how much the second slope will influence the putts; and that’s my best tip that I can give you to putt on double breaking greens.