Reading Greens (Part 1) – Video Summary
Approaching the Green Start by surveying the overall lay out of the green from a distance. When your approaching the green and are about 20 to 30 feet away get a general idea of the layout. Depending on where the ball lies, the golfer will have to consider the inner slope plus the overall tilt of the green. Determining the direction of the grain of the green is next while approaching green.
If from where your standing the grass looks shiny, then the grain is facing away from you and the ball will roll a little faster.
If the grass looks darker, then the grain is facing towards you and the roll will roll slower. Slope and Direction Your first goal in reading greens is to determine the slope of your putt in order to figure how much the ball may break when you putt. Do you have a left to right or a right to left break.
Also you need to determine if it is an uphill, flat or downhill putt. As you finish your stroke, picture a ball starting on your line and try to imagine how much it's going to break. Make some more strokes and imagine a few more rolls, then set a ball in front of the marker and putt it straight at the hole. Yep, I want you to miss it. This way, you'll see how much the putt really breaks. Place another ball in front of the marker, but instead of aiming straight at the hole, aim your putter the same distance to the right as the putt missed to the left during your read practice in step 3.
Notice in the bottom photo that I've moved the yellow ball the appropriate amount to the right of the hole. Once you're aimed correctly, stroke the putt—and imagine you need this one to win your club championship or shoot your best score ever. This makes your practice stroke feel "real. Comparing the amount of break you see to what's real is an effective way to hone your green-reading skills. Learn to trust them. Keep putting from in front of the marker—adjusting your aim as needed—until you hole this nine-footer with perfect speed.
Once you can make five in a row, you'll know exactly—and I mean exactly—how much this putt breaks from right to left. Continue the drill on the other side of the hole to work on left-to-righters. Then try it from different distances. He also shows you how to find the majority of the break, and what you should do with that information. PGA Professional Rafael Floriana shows you what to do for those times you are up against an obstacle.
Typically, you would not be able to swing the club in this position, but with the hing and pop shot you are able to advance the ball and make the most of a tough situation. Learn how to get out of a bad situation with this handy shot! Properly assessing your lie and shot selection before hitting out of a bunker is a critical step if you want to be a better player. Instructor Matt Kluck explains why it is important to focus on matching your abilities to the shot you choose.
Consequently, they tend to tack a number of unnecessary strokes onto their scorecard. Solid mechanics and a proper putting stroke can mean the difference between just a good round and the round. Uphill, downhill and sidehill lies in a bunker can be some of the most challenging shots in golf. If you find yourself with one of these lies, there are several factors you need to consider in order to achieve success with some consistency.