Golf Tips And Lessons

5 Things You Must Know to Read Greens Like a Pro

Have you ever watched the pros read a green and wonder how they did it? Well, it's not as hard as it looks.

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Here are 5 useful tips to help you read greens like the pros:

1. Start Reading Early:

As you walk up to the green, use this time to assess it from a distance. You can collect a lot of information this way.

Evaluate the overall shape of the green. Look for obvious slopes and grain patterns, which can be seen by the darkness of the color of the green.

2. Pace It Off:

Ever wondered why the pros walk from their ball to their hole? They are doing this to gauge the distance -- and you can do it too.

A good rule of thumb is that for each foot of distance between you and the hole, you can count on one inch of added backswing on your putt.

3. Get Low:

It is nearly impossible to read a green when standing upright. Start by crouching as low as possible to the ground.

Look for the high side or the low side of the putt, and measure the steepness of any uphill or downhill slopes you have to navigate.

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4. Speed Matters:

Judging speed can be tricky, especially for uphill or downhill putts. Many golfers make the common mistake of using the cup as the end-of-the-line target for both types of putts.

If you are putting uphill, it is important to put enough speed on the ball to get it one foot behind the cup. If you simply target the cup itself, you are likely to come up short.

For downhill putts, put enough speed on the ball to get it to within a foot or so of the cup and let gravity take care of the rest. Too much speed on a downhill putt will cause the ball to roll right over the cup and stop somewhere well behind it.

5. Determine Break:

One of the best ways to determine how severe a break will be is to squat down behind your ball and find the high side and the low side of the break as it relates to your ball and the hole.

Once you know the high and low sides, walk to the low side and squat down again. Take a close look at the slope (this is the slope the ball will curve into).

This angle gives you a better idea of the steepness of the slope than if you just look from straight behind the ball to the cup.

Remember, determining the break becomes more important the closer you get to the hole. This is because the golf ball will be moving slower and the break will have a greater impact on it.

Finally, keep in mind that breaking putts should enter the hole from the side -- either the 9 o'clock or the 3 o'clock side of the hoe -- not from the front of the cup.

By regularly following and practicing these tips, you'll soon be reading greens like the pros do. With practice comes experience, and with experience you will be sinking more putts, more consistently.

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Jack Williams covers this area and many more in his guide "Superior Golfing". Check out his proven system:

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