3 Golf Putting Tips for Reading the Greens
One thing that is essential to becoming a great putter is the ability to read greens correctly. There are plenty of golf putting tips, but know how to read the greens is one of the most important. Although reading greens requires experience, there are a few elements that anyone can observe that will improve their ability to read greens.
3 Golf Putting Tips help you make more putts:
Always Look Uphill: There are those players like to look at the putt from behind the ball. Others will their putt from behind the hole. Most Professional golfers will do both and sometimes even the side of the putt. Having more information is better when it comes to reading greens, but make sure it does not promote paralysis by analysis.
Sometimes when I am reading my putt from different directions it appears that the putt is breaking in different directions. This can confuse the issue. So when this happens, I know that from experience the best read is looking uphill.
Look at it this way, when you are faced with a downhill putt, your most accurate read will be from behind the hole, looking uphill towards your ball. With an uphill putt just the opposite is true. You will get the most accurate read from behind the ball looking towards the hole.
Play More Break: Amateur golfers tend to underestimate the break on a putt. When you are faced with a putt that is going break, the putt that is on the high side of the hole will have a tendency or a chance to fall in the hole. If your putt is on the low side of the cup you will have little or no chance of sinking that putt.
Grain: The grain on the greens does not mean much if you play on bent grass. Now if you play in the south on Bermuda greens then you definitely need to pay more attention to the grain.
With Bermuda grass the blades are thicker than with Bent grass and will affect your golf ball. Reading the grain on Bermuda grass is as simple. What you need to look for is the shiny and dull side of the grass. Stand in the middle of your green and look in both directions. You will notice that one way the grass will look shiny and the other will look darker.
The shinier the grass the more down grain the putt will be. When putting down grain the speed of your putt will be faster, causing you to hit the putt softer. This one change will cause the ball to break more. With putts going against the grain you can be more aggressive and hit the ball harder. This will mean that the ball won’t break as much.