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Secrets to Reading Greens.

Secrets to Reading Greens.

Today is April 7th, 2018 and we present Secrets to Reading Greens.  Short Game Saturday #82.  A Golf Video Blog with Mel Sole, Director of Instruction and Master Professional at the Mel Sole Golf School headquartered at Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club in Pawleys Island, SC.

As Ben Crenshaw once said, “Putting is an Art, not a Science.” There are some PGA and LPGA players that are trying to turn reading greens into a science by using Aimpoint, a green reading system, but as far as I can see, they are not putting any better since using this system.  In my humble opinion, putting is all instinct, and reading greens is no different.  By training your eyes to look at the terrain and evaluate both slope and speed, you can become a really good green reader.  Like everything else in golf, the more you practice the better you become!

Secrets to Reading Greens.

When reading greens, start while your opponents or playing partners are getting ready to play their shots, this saves time and you don’t feel so rushed when it comes to your time to putt.

Read the putt from at least three angles.  One:  From behind the hole to get an idea of slope left to right.  Two: From the side to get an idea of the slope up and down.  And again from in front of the hole to confirm your original read.  You now know both the line you want and the pace you want.  My preference now is to take my ball and use the line on the ball to aim to the spot right or left of the hole according to my read.  This allows me to now completely forget about the line and I can focus purely on pace.  When doing my practice swings prior to hitting my putt I get a feel for exactly how hard I want to hit this putt.  Then step in and execute!

Source: Mel Sole Golf School.

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