3 Tips for Playing on Large Greens

By John Elliott

3 Tips for Playing on Large Greens

Looking at Long Putts

Wait until you see the size of this green. This is huge. This is the Road Hole from St. Andrews and the neatest thing about it is the length of the green. You can fit seven, eight, nine different clubs in here and I would like to show you how you establish that. I am at the back of the green and I am going to walk to the front. Every time I get to an increment of 10 I am going to drop a ball so watch, counting off by 10. So this green from front to rear is 64 yards. That is three fifths of a football field, that is a heck of a punt, and all we have to play with is a ball and a putter.

Find the Right Club

How do you make a putt go 64 yards? Well the key is you don't. If you get good with your club selection you can hit the ball in these 10 yard increments. 10 yards is only a 30 footer. You can make a lot of low scores from 30 feet but you can not make any from 64 yards away. So when you see a hole like this do not be afraid to go down five or six or seven more clubs. Example, if you had 100 yard shot to the front edge and the pin is at the back you have 164 yard shot. 64 yards of green you are going to try to fly the ball over. Good luck. Be aware of it and it will save you strokes so that you won't be making a putt where you actually have to pivot to try to get the ball there. Look and see, figure it out, find the right club and then you will shoot a lower score.

 


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