Reading Downhill Putting Greens

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Reading Downhill Putting Greens
Category: Reading Greens
Sub-Category: Putting

Video Transcript

Video Golf Tip | Reading Downhill Putting Greens

Here is the scenario; I have hit a nice iron shot into this green. I have already marked my ball, I have replaced it and I find myself with about a fifteen or sixteen footer. The problem is that it is a downhill putt. You don’t want to read downhill putts from above the slope. The first thing that I would do is walk to the low side of the hole, or the low side of the slope. I want to get down nice and low so that I can see how much slope I am actually dealing with. I have about a foot of drop on a sixteen foot putt. Also from over here I notice that the ball will be breaking to my left as you are looking at my back. The second read is now from the low side of the break. I am getting a feeling of the slope that is now moving towards me. Finally I go back up to the ball; I don’t really want to look at it again from behind because I get the wrong feedback. I have a downhill putt, breaking from my left to my right. Watch. You can see that when the ball finishes below the hole and behind the hole I did a really good on my speed and my direction. The thing is that I would not have done nearly as good a job had I read it from someplace else. Low side of the hole. Low side of the break. You will make more putts.

About the Instructor
John Elliott, Jr.
John Elliott, Jr.
St. Andrews Golf & Country Club
3N441 Route 59
West Chicago, IL 60185
Tel: 630-231-3160

John Elliott, Jr., is listed as one of Golf Magazine's Top 100 Teachers and Golf Digest's #39 instructor in the world. He is the head professional at the Country Club of Ocala in Ocala, Florida.


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