Read The GreenTo enjoy golf more and lower your golf score per round you need to reduce the number of putts and stop three putting. This can be done by learning how to read the green better in preparing to make the putting stroke.

I find the biggest difference between us weekend golfers and the Pros is their ability to make more putts.

I bet you are spend hours thinking about your putting process and practicing your putting stroke, distance control, grip, stance, and alignment, but to be a better putter you need to learn how to read the green as you prepare to make your putting stroke.

I see high handicap golferĀ  just walking up to the ball, taking a quick look at the putt, getting in their putting stands, and making the putt. And they wonder why did I miss the putt.

When I play with low handicapper I see them spending most of their time reading the break of the green and lining up their putt. They even start reading the green as they walk up to the green.

Better golfers know that a good putting stroke is not not the complete answer. They understand they have to predict how the ball will behave once it starts rolling.

Here is some advice to improve putting and how to read the green.

I suggest beginning by getting down on your hands and knees, (don’t be embarrassed about doing this) and look at the ground and grass between your ball and the hole.

Look for any bad areas on the green and how it may affect the roll of the ball.

Determine if you have an uphill, or downhill putt, and try to estimate how hard you will need to strike the ball.

Determine if the grass is dry or damp. Early in the morning the green should be wet while in the afternoon it will be dry. The drier and firmer the green is, the further the ball will roll compared to the same putt on a damp green.

The way the green keeper cut the grass will also be a factor in how long the ball rolls.

The ball roll faster the closer the grass is cut and will roll further.

The ball will slow down on longer grass and will roll a shorter distance.

I hope you have a better understand on how to read the green because of the different factors come into play when reading greens properly.

Learning to read greens is an extremely important skill.

So remember the old saying, we drive for show – and putt for dough!

Learn To Read The Green To Reduce Strokes Per Round

Filed under: Putting Instruction

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