Practicing Putting Fundamentals

3 Simple Steps To Reading Greens

by Scott Myers

Having to read the break and line golf greens can cause a high handicap golfer to break out in a cold sweat. This is because they haven't been shown an easy way to read greens yet.

In this article you're going to learn a 3-step process that is simple, yet a highly effective way to read every green and become a better putter in the process.

Step 1: Determine if the put is putt is uphill or downhill. -- I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but taking your time on this will help you with the other with the nest steps. Uphill putts will break less than downhill putts. So if a putt is uphill you would play for less break than a perfectly flat putt. Downhill putts are just the opposite. You would account for more break if your putt was downhill.

Step 2: Will your putt break right or left? -- Although it is impossible to tell you how much a putt will break in an article, I'll give you some putting tips to help you figure this out on your own.

Grass height & moister are the 2 biggest factors on how fast a green is running. If the grass hasn't been cut in awhile, or there is moister on the green, the putts will roll slower than normal. This affects how much the ball will break when you are picking out your line. You would have to account for more break on a dry green.

If you had been practicing your putting on the practice green, you would have a pretty good idea of how the greens are behaving that day.

Step 3: Putting steps 1 & 2 together. -- Now put everything together to find your optimal putting line. If you have a left-to-right breaking downhill putt, you would aim further left than you would for a level putt and use a softer stroke to compensate for the downhill putt.

On the other side a left-to-right uphill putt would require a firmer stroke while playing for less break on the putt.

While there have been entire books written on reading greens, these putting tips cover the majority of the basics on green reading and will give you a great jumpstart on sinking more putts.

About the author: Scott Myers has helped golfers of all skill levels start shooting the best golf scores of their life by teaching a simple, step-by-step putting formula designed to drop 9-to-11 strokes in as little as 5 minutes.

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