Reading the Green

Reading the green isn’t as difficult as it may appear, and yet very few amateur golfers read the greens. It is not only for professionals. If you want to improve your handicap, it starts on the putting green. I am sure every one of you has missed a putt because you misread the slope of the green. Maybe you should have hit the putt 3 ball lengths outside the cup instead of 2. We all make mistakes. The following Easy Golf Tip will give you examples how to properly read the green.

A very simple analogy to improve your green reading skills is to pretend you are dumping a bucket of water on the green. In order to find the slope of the green, just imagine which way the water would flow.

Once you determine the slope of the green, pick the line of your putt. Set the club square to the marking point, not the cup. Keep your feet perpendicular to the club face. You want to pretend you are hitting a straight putt to your marking point. It is important to treat all putts as straight putts.

Once you have your marking point and are set to hit the ball, find a closer marking point on the green about 2-3 feet in front of you. This will help minimize error over hitting a long distance putt.

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