Golf Tips - Reading the Greens

By Tom Ward

What is the best way to learn to read the topography of greens when putting, as to whether the ball will break right, left or continue straight?

The overall contour of the green can be assessed from 50-100 yards out. It's a fact that a ball will roll away from mountains and towards the ocean. So if there is a hill near the green, the ball will roll away from it. If there is a lake near the green, the ball will roll toward it. The Grain affects the roll!

Grain is mostly seen on the fringe of the green. Putts with the grain roll faster and farther; putts against the grain slower and not so far.

Check from both sides of your ball as well as behind the ball when lining up. The appearance of the grass shows the grain. If it looks shiny the grain is away from you. If dull, the grain is towards you. *

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