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BreakMaster Digital Green Reader

Used by PGA, LPGA and Champion Tour Pros to read greens before golf tournaments

Golf Training Devices

How do you find the true break of a green?

Without accurate information, you have two choices: trust your memory (from previous rounds) or guess. Rest assured, Pro Golfers and Caddies never guess. When you're on the Tour, every stroke counts. So Pro Golfers and their Caddies take time before tournaments to make careful measurements and notations on greens and then use that information to adjust the aim line of their putt during the tournament. And the number one tool chosen by more and more Tour Pros and Caddies to measure greens is the BreakMaster Digital Green Reader.

The BreakMaster's in Vijay's Bag (see article)

  • Train your eye to read breaking putts
  • Find the exact breaks on the greens you play
  • Make more breaking putts and lower your score

The BreakMaster's in Vijay's Bag

LOS ANGELES (June 10, 2004) -- In the "What's In My Bag" feature of Golf Digest's July issue, PGA Tour Champion Vijay Singh lists the BreakMaster Digital Green Reader as one of the essential tools of his game. Vijay describes how "the BreakMaster device gives a digital readout on the break of a putt. Obviously, I only use it for practice."

Vijay knows that it's perfectly legal (according to the USGA Rules of Golf) to use the BreakMaster during a practice round before a tournament, make notes in a yardage book on how the greens will break and then consult that yardage book during competition.

Exelys has known that Vijay's been using the BreakMaster since his assistant called and ordered three of them back in January. But now Golf Digest is telling the world about it.

Vijay Singh joins over 60 Tour Pros and caddies on the PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour who are currently using the BreakMaster for practice rounds and to help improve their green-reading abilities. But of course the BreakMaster isn't just for the pros: it helps golfers of all abilities improve their green reading, get to know the greens on the courses they play and lower their scores by making more breaking putts.

Contact: Ron Wilkerson 818.385.0824

Are you making every breaking putt? Of course not. Not even Tour Pros get it right every time. But the more important question is: Are you reading the break correctly? Or are you, like most of us, saying, "Gee, I sure underestimated that break" or "Wow, that putt broke way less than I thought"?

The slope of the green is the single biggest factor in how much your putt will break on the way to the hole, but the fact is: most golfers have a hard time reading it. And why shouldn't we? Our eyes were made for seeing, not for taking accurate measurements of level.

For most of the distance of your putt, the force of your putter stroke is the determining factor on how the ball will roll. But as the ball slows down on its way to the hole, the power of your stroke has progressively less effect as the force of gravity takes over. This is why the ball breaks the most as it nears the hole.

Sometimes you think you know which way a green is going to break, but then the ball breaks differently than your eyes "told you" it should. The reason for this is that golf course designers often deceive our eyes by use of the terrain surrounding a green. Trees, bunkers, mounds and swales all play a part in these optical illusions. This problem is made even worse if you're playing in a hilly or forested area where you can't find a visible horizon line for reference.

The value of reading greens by plumb-bobbing with your putter has been called into question by leading putting experts. There are two reasons for this. First, most putters don't hang in true "plumb." They're made for putting, not for measuring slope. The second reason plumb-bobbing doesn't work is that you need to be practically laying down on the green surface in order to read the rim of the cup as a horizontal line intersected by the vertical plumb line of your putter: inconvenient at best.

The BreakMaster Digital Green Reader


How Much Will My Putt Break?

The BreakMaster will tell you accurate information about what's happening on the green that your eyes can never see: the exact break direction (downhill) as well as the exact amount of break (shown as degrees of slope). 

But once you have this information, what do you do with it? How do you put BreakMaster data into practical use to adjust your putt? 

At Exelys, we've done extensive testing in real-world situations to find out how much putts will actually break at various kinds of slopes. We've tested on greens of different types (bent grass, Bermuda grass) at varying green conditions and with various popular brands of golf balls. The following table can be a useful general guideline to helping you adjust your putt. 

Break/Dist.  3 Foot Putt  6 Foot Putt  9 Foot Putt 
1 Degree  4 - 6"  10 - 12"  14 - 18" 
2 Degrees  8 - 10"  16 - 18"  22 - 26" 
3 Degrees  10 - 12"  20 - 24"  40 - 46" 
4 Degrees  14 - 16"  38 - 42"  52 - 58" 

Note: all of these measurements were taken putting straight across the break, meaning at a right angle to the downhill line (the break or fall line) which is indicated by the arrow on the BreakMaster display.

Golf Professionals Currently Using The BreakMaster

Vijay Singh
Jerry Kelly (caddie Paul Tesori)
Kenny Perry (caddie Fred Sanders)
Bernhard Langer (caddie Russ Holden)
Alex Cejka (caddie Tracy Auman) 
Briny Baird (caddie Michel Genois)
Brett Quigley (caddie Matt Hauser)
J.L. Lewis (caddie Danny McQuilken)
Robert Gamez (caddie Don Donatello)
Shaun Micheel
Ben Crane 
John Riegger (caddie Daryl Smith)
Craig Barlow
Patrick Sheehan (caddie Valentin Lopez)
Jonathan Byrd (caddie Chuck Hoersch)
Ted Purdy
Jeff Brehaut
Danny Briggs
Michael Allen (caddie Michael Maroney)
Pat Bates (caddie Danny McQuilken)
Notah Begay III
Kyle Thompson
Rich Barcelo (caddie Damian Lopez)
Marco Dawson (caddie Tracy Auman) 
Sandy Lyle
Michael Clark
Mike Standly
Ty Tryon (caddie Bill Tryon) 
Katshunari Takahashi (caddie Andy Wada) 

Tom Watson
Ben Crenshaw (caddie Linn Strickler)
Craig Stadler
Hale Irwin
Bruce Lietzke (caddie Brian Lietzke)
Jerry Pate (caddie Frank Roberson) 
Jim Albus
D.A. Weibring (caddie George Craver)
Tom Jenkins
Graham Marsh 
Doug Tewell
Jay Sigel
Jim Ahern
James Mason (caddie Chris Mason) 
Terry Dill (caddie Gary Cline) 
Mark Johnson
Ed Fiore
Bob Eastwood

Mi-Hyun Kim (coach Danny Yoon)
Lorie Kane (caddie Danny Sharp)
Karen Stupples
Catriona Matthew (caddie Graeme Matthew)
Jeong Jang (coach Danny Yoon)
Carin Koch (caddie Stefan Koch)
Aree Song
Dorothy Delasin (caddie Clint Begay)
Wendy Doolan (caddie Chris McCalmont)
Jill McGill (caddie Greg Gallup)
Sherri Steinhauer (caddie Audrey Gerdes)
Emilee Klein (caddie CJ Sturdevant)
Riko Higashio (caddies Paul Martinez, Clay Triolo)
Christina Kim
Soo Young Moon
Reilley Rankin (caddie Dan Huber)
Denise Killeen (caddie Billy Prentice) 
Miriam Nagl (caddie Jeffrey Snow)
Sherri Turner (caddie Denice Lindman)
Maggie Will
Juli Hilton (caddie Robert Kendall)
Smriti Mehra
Clarissa Childs (caddie Larry Smich)
Suzy Whaley
Sung Ah Yim (caddie Chris McCalmont)



PGA of America, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Tournament Committee: Tony Wallin, John Brendall, Steve Rintoul, Steve Carman

PGA Champions Tour, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Tournament Committee: Gene Smith, Joe Terry

USGA, Far Hills, NJ 
Director of Competitions: Mike Davis, Rules Committee: Robert Bender

Florida State Golf Association, Tampa FL
Tournament Committee: Ken Hagamann, Charles Bedford 

Kansas Golf Association, Lawrence, KS 
Tournament Committee: Kim Richey

Kansas City Golf Association, Kansas City, MO
Tournament Committee: Steve McMillen

Walker Cup Team 2003, (All 10 Team Members)
U.S. team captain, Bob Lewis, Pepper Pike, Ohio

Mexico National Men's Team 2004 
World Amateur Tournament, Tom Relf captain

Jim McLean Golf Schools, Miami, FL 
Instructors: Chris Toulson, Jason Carbone, David Pezzino, James Damiano

Jim McLean, PGA West, La Quinta, CA
Instructors: Carl Welty, Louis Sauer

David Leadbetter Golf Academy, Champions Gate, Bradenton, FL
Instructors: Gary Gilchrist, Gary Parrett

University of Tennessee, Golf Program, Knoxville, TN 
Instructor: Jim Kelson Men's Golf, Judi Pavon, Women's Golf 

Kansas State University, Golf Program, Manhattan, KS
Instructor: Kristi Knight, Women's Golf

University of Pennsylvania, Golf Program, Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Francis Vaughn

Michelle Wie (coach BJ Wie)
Toni Wiesner (coach Bob Wiesner)
Brian Knopfler

David Faught 
Kent Fukushima
Josh Habig
Eddy Lee 
Andrew Smeeth
Brad Sutterfield
Todd Pence
Brian Unk

Arjun Atwal 
Anders Hansen (caddie Nick Mumford)

Jason Buha (caddie Dylan Vallequette)
Han Lee (caddie Josh Svendsen)
Andy Morse
Mason Petty
Scott Sterling (caddie Jeff Stoner)
Euan Walters 
Boo Weekley

Matt Stafford
Jason Griffin

Jeremy Revis

Quotes From Satisfied Users

"I use it all the time. It saves one or two strokes a round -- which is huge." Don Donatello caddie for PGA Tour Players Craig Barlow, Rich Barcelo 08.04

"Well, the fact of the matter is there was absolutely no guessing or misreads while using the BreakMaster and yes, four out of five putts broke more than I would have thought with the naked eye. It will dramatically (with practice, of course) make a bad putter better, a good putter a great one, and if you're a greater putter than "Brad Faxon" your friends better watch out." Kevin P. Alexander, Editor, Golf Today Magazine, 10.03

"It takes me about three hours to map out all the greens, but I figure that it saves me at least one stroke per weekend." Notah Begay III PGA Tour Player 09.04

"We used the BreakMaster at the Black Bear Golf Club just outside Orlando. It is a Pete Dye layout and was built about 10 years ago. It is a pretty wide open course but it has some of the trickiest greens that you will find any where. It was a perfect test for the BreakMaster. Any well designed green features a certain amount of trickery and optical illusions. You can look at the hole from one side of a putt and it looks like it breaks one way then look at it from the other side and it looks like it breaks the other way. The BreakMaster was a good tool in helping us see what features along the line influenced the putt. You can save any number of strokes by paying better attention to the subtleties of how and why putts break the way they do. The BreakMaster can go a long way in helping you towards that end." Mike Fenton, orlandosbestgolf.com 12.04

"My new nickname: One-Putt." Lance Alworth "Bambi" NFL Hall of Fame Player (after receiving his BreakMaster) 06.04

"How many times have you read a putt to break one way, and it broke the opposite? Or you came up way short on an uphill putt, even though you thought you struck the ball plenty firm? Golf course designers love to deceive our eyes by subtle use of the terrain surrounding a green - whether mountains, mounds, or swales. The BreakMaster can improve your understanding of the green beyond human visual perception - with a little research you can understand the best places to hit it on the green, as well as the areas to avoid." Rick Adams, Senior Editor, scratch-golfer.com 12.04

"My caddy and I went down a couple of days early so that I could play some practice rounds and get familiar with the course. Naturally, we took the BreakMaster with us. Since it was a 1 day qualifier, they already had the greens marked as to where the pins would be located, so using the BreakMaster was invaluable. We spent at least 10 or 15 minutes on every green figuring out not only how the putts were going to break, but having that knowledge ahead of time, we determined where the best (and worst) approach shots would be for each green." Ron Hagan, Golfer in the US Senior Open Qualifier 11.04

"The BreakMaster Digital Green Reader was a close second in the Pick of the Show race [PGA Merchandise Show 2003]. This device precisely measures the slope of a green at any given position. For more than 100 years at championships such as the U.S. Open, the U.S. Golf Association has done this by hand to ascertain whether a pin position is fair. The BreakMaster does it automatically. This is a wonderful little item for any tournament committee or, for that matter, any golf course. Just place the BreakMaster on the turf; it does the rest by indicating the slope." James Achenbach, Equipment Editor, Golfweek Magazine, 02.03

"As any guy gets longer in the tooth, his ability to read greens subtleties goes south...and my home course has breaks on short to mid range putts that are almost indiscernible. I've found that I can place the BreakMaster about halfway down the line on these putts, read the grade and break, and make these putts with trust and authority! It takes all the guesswork out of the putt. Even better, the following time these putts rear their ugly heads, there's a confidence there that will last, well---forever, I guess. This is the finest ancillary golf product I've ever seen or used --and I was in the golf equipment business for twenty five years all told---with Spalding and as a distributor. The Breakmaster's readings are faithful and, at times, astonishing! Buddy Buchanan, Former Golf Rep 12.04

"I received the BreakMaster the middle of October and used it several times on my course. I was amazed at some of the degrees of break that it showed that was not seen by the naked eye. Some of the breaks were hard to believe." Jacquelyn R. Howell Urbana University Women's Golf Coach 12.04


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