Pangya Reading Lies Guide

Pangya Reading Lies Guide by Kotoru

Okay, so after a long hiatus off this game, I decided to come back and as expected, my wind angle reading, lie and slope reading kind of rusted over. So, in this refresher course, I’ll go over the subtleties of reading ‘breaks’, ‘lie’, ‘slope’ or however you want to call it.

here is a picture of many slopes:

^ Ignore the “answers” at the bottom of that picture, some of them are incorrect.

I’ll go over the 6 slopes on the bottom part of that picture, from left to right as A-F, respectively.

In Picture A, there are 18 solid breaks in the black outline of the ball. Usually, one would regard this as an 18 break lie and calculate the result accordingly. However, the lie is very fickle when it comes to being read. This may actually be a 17 break lie, or a 19 break lie. Although probably not the case, this could also be something as random as a 15 break lie.

The only way to tell for sure is to note down where your ball is on that particular hole, and through trial and error convince yourself that it is truly what you think it is. Incidentally, that one is an 18 break lie.

In Picture B, there are breaks on both sides of the ball, going left and right. When I read the lie, I try to find breaks that are similar in size and shape on both sides and disregard them, because they will cancel out.  In this particular instance, (I can’t see the ball very well, but) there seems to be 4 breaks going right, and 6 breaks going left. Logically speaking, 4-6 = -2, or 2 breaks going left. However, these breaks going left are smaller than the ones canceled out, so I would try something like 1.5 breaks, or 1.75 breaks, or even 1 break. Or it could just be 2 and I was over analyzing the situation. Notes are really the way to go with these.

Picture C has equal breaks on both size, sharing both size and shape in common. Either this is flat, or very, very close to flat.

Picture D has 7 breaks going right. But there’s one break that’s on the side of the ball and not as quite as big as the rest. I’d regard that break as .5 breaks, and consider this as 6.5 breaks.

Picture E has something similar going on, but there’s no break peaking out at the end of the ball. That lie is probably 5 breaks.

Picture F is, of course, flat. However! There is more than one occasion of ‘fake’ flats. These are lies that appear flat, but actually are not. The only way to tell is with notes. Although these ‘fakers’ are uncommon, they do occur, so be careful about assuming something’s flat. On the tee, though, if it appears flat, it probably is.


This next picture is a lie with 2 breaks on it. However, if you compare the size of the breaks, one is significantly smaller than the other. I would regard this as 1.5 breaks, not 2.

Later on when you get to dunking, breaks will be required to be read to the quarter breaks, and some even to the tenths, in order to get an accurate lie for a dunk. For tomahawks and backspins though, half breaks and whole breaks seem to do okay most of the time.

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