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  1. I will. I see it used all the time on the moving pictures. Just haven't taken the time needed.
  2. Yea I do read the slope, and yes I like have confirmation. Also, if I'm really having a hard time with the direction of the slope I bob both sides of the ball. Whichever looks closest to what the break should be I use that one. It's not perfect but helps me strike the ball confident. Occasionally I'm just flat out wrong ha. I have work to do and would like to learn every method possible. Every putt is different. And sometimes bobbing does nothing to help.
  3. Here's what I've gotten from here. Most people think it's stupid and doesn't work. But it depends what you mean by "work". Bobbing is not a magic method that reads the whole green perfectly and instantly. It's something you can use to confirm what you think the break is after you've gone through your mental checklist. This can all be done while walking up to green or waiting for your turn, then a bob takes 3 seconds. You do have to know how your putter is weighted to hold it straight. And use the correct arm and eye. This can be done on the practice green and it becomes second nature. Don't see what's wrong with finding vertical. That said, I don't want to be a hypocrite. I am going to listen to the skeptics here and take a break from using it and see if it really is helping or hindering me. Either way, flame on folks.
  4. Thanks for the thoughtful response. I am open minded and am taking in what you say, I just always thought it worked. I do use it as a final assessment of the break. A quick bob to confirm what I thought the break was. So I guess it's pointless if you're already reading the green well..but if it matches what I thought the break was, and turns out to be what the break actually is, doesn't it help in giving myself a final target to aim for? Something concrete in my head to help get any doubt out of my stroke. I'm having trouble letting go of this because it means I look like a dummy out there with my club out in front of me. Hate to look like/ be "that guy"
  5. Well yea you have to be lined up with the hole. Not that hard. Works really well for me when there's just one break in the putt. You have to have an understanding of the break first. Then can use it to find an aiming point. Landmarks in the background and marks on the green work great for me. My handicap is awful and am clearly not an expert..but for simply reading one break putts, if you plumb bob correct, it works.
  6. It does not tell you which way the break is going. You have to know which way the break is going before you plumb bob. For a right to left break: Right arm holding club and right eye closed, bottom of putter lined up on the right side of the ball, then move your gaze up to the hole. The distance between the shaft and the hole is the amount of break. Do the opposite for left to right break. Left arm holding club, left eye closed, bottom of putter lined on left side of ball. It takes 2 seconds to do this, and is easy to do while waiting for your turn. Not sure why all the hate on here, it works.