Golf Tip: Making Your Own Compass to Read the Greens
Mapping the Green
Hi, I am Stan Sayers, Director of Instruction at McGetrick Golf Academy. Today I am going to show you how to use your own compass to read greens. You have gotten around the hole here and kind of just rolled balls, tried to figure out at what point they roll straight. We figured out that pretty close in here that this is pretty much a straight putt going down the orange line that I place here. We are going to call that the north/south line. We crossed it over here and there is east/west. To give us a little bit of room I will place some tees in the ground, this short one is the east/west line and the long one is north/south.
Finding the Fall Line
What we are going to try to show you is how you can use the fall lines, no matter which side of this you are on, to help you read the putt. Basically when I am reading this putt I want to walk around it. I obviously can't roll balls before I read a putt so I want to walk around it and figure out where it is going to roll straight in the cup from. That is the main fall line. Then as I cross this that is my east/west fall line. Now as I begin to hit putts into this I am going to try to hit it easy enough so that the ball gets up there and works down that fall line. Right there it starts to turn barely so I have to play it a little bit closer. Right there it just stated to turn down that fall line to help it break.
What that helps me to do now as I move the ball here as I hit it towards the east/west fall line, if I get it up into the line, as soon as it hits the east/west fall line it will start to move into the hole. The same as I move a little towards here. Each time it is moving closer to that fall line it shows me how much space I have to work the ball in to. What this does show me is that I have a really wide path, my east/west fall line gives me about this much of the hole to work into. There is more hole that I have around here. I am looking for as much space as I can get. As I move around the hole and keep this in perspective it tells me where I need to hit that, where that putt needs to die to work down into the hole. It is a good way to use your compass to figure out how to aim, get your path and get that putt into the hole.