The Magic Lane



The Magic lane is defined as the area or lane, in which all single breaking putts must be putted in to go in the hole.

The Magic Lane comes to TV.

CBS TV introduced its Hawk-eye technology on the sloping greens of Rivera CC. Golfers of the world were exposed to the Magic Lane and given the road map to actually making more breaking putts.

It is a lane, not just a single line.

The width of the Magic lane on all single breaking putts is always wider than the width of the hole. There are some fairly direct low lines for the firmest of putts that can go into the hole. There are also more arcing higher lines for the slowest of makeable putts

The width of the Magic lane is directly affected by the steepness of the slope and the speed and quality of the greens

The highest line of the Magic lane is represented by the dotted white line. This is the slowest line that your ball can creep in to the back door of the cup.  

The low line within the Magic lane is represented by the double yellow lines.

All putts that cross the low line [double yellow] of the Magic lane will not only miss on the low side of the hole, each and every turn of the ball will move it further from the hole. That is why the low line of the magic lane is called the double yellow.

You shouldn’t cross the double yellow lines when driving your car or when putting your golf ball. Putts that cross the double yellow low line early are one of the leading causes of 3 putt greens.

Most golfers under read the break. If you are consistently missing on the low side, consider playing more break until half of your misses are above the hole.



Missing the Magic Lane

When you start the ball outside of the Magic lane, you will miss the putt. When putts are missed to the high side of the Magic lane, the effects of gravity help the ball work its way back toward the hole. This is commonly referred to as missing it on the pro side. Gravity can be your friend on your high side misses.

Gravity is not your friend on the amateur or low side misses.

When in doubt, play more break, especially on championship greens.


Speed Determines Lane Choice

The Magic Lane is composed of 3 smaller lanes.

The low lane is called the fast lane.

The fast lane is primarily used by aggressive players who tend to take out the break by putting their ball firmly. Firm putts seem to hold the line better and minimize the break.

The high lane is called the slow lane

The slow lane should be favored on downhill putts.

The center lane is called the “Pure Roll” lane.

 The primary goal is to visualize the entire Magic lane. Then aim your putts into the pure roll lane. Starting your putts in the pure roll lane gives you the greatest margin for error. Slight pushes and pulls can still go in the hole.



I recommend the lower, faster, and more aggressive lines when putting uphill.

For downhill putts favor the slower, softer, higher lines within the slow lane.


Focus less on the line and more on the speed of the putt  

One of the key benefits of discovering the magic lane is learning to focus less on the line and more on the speed of the putt.  While line is extremely important on short putts, distance control becomes much more important as the putts increase in length.

Once you learn that there are numerous different lines to make putts within every Magic lane, it frees the artistic side of the brain to focus more on touch and feel.

Practice visualizing the ball rolling into the hole with the perfect speed. Once you square up the putter to your chosen line within the Magic lane, you are done with the alignment process. Relax and roll your ball the proper distance.  



Switch Putting and The Magic Lane

Wider Magic Lane = greater margin for error


The Magic lane is wider when you putt from the low side of the ball and inside the arc of the putt.

The Magic lane for the hook putt is quite a bit wider than the Magic lane for the slice putt. We had a very enlightening session and test with PGA Tour pro Roger Maltbie.  Putting right-handed from 12 ft. on a left to right putt, his Magic lane right-handed was 7” wide at its apex. 

When he switched from standing above the ball right-handed to standing on the low side of the ball left-handed, Roger made more putts from both above and below his 7" right-handed lane. His Magic lane left-handed for the exact same putt was 4” wider, for a grand total width of 11” wide.  It was 2” wider on the high side and 2”wider on the low side.

This wider lane affords the player a greater margin for error when standing on the low side of the ball and inside the arc of the putt. This is also the reason most right-handers love the right to left hook putt. It is because they have a greater margin for error when they are standing on the low side of the ball and inside the arc of the putt. 



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