Reading Greens

Even with a sound putting stroke, we often miss putts we could have made. Here are a couple of green reading techniques, which are often overlooked. First, as you walk up toward your ball after you have hit it onto the green, take a good look at the entire green. From further away you can get a perspective of all the undulations and general direction it slopes. When you are lining up your putt, this information will help you read the breaks better. Second, as your approach shot hits the green, watch as it rolls, especially if it is rolling in the direction of the hole. Also, be sure to focus on the direction your first putt rolls if it passes the hole. This will make the come-back put much easier. And, of course watch the ball as each member of your group is putting.

The short game time with your instructor will be a great help with this.

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