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07 Sep, 2011

What is the key to putting and reading a green?

Posted by: aaa_janitor In: Putting Greens

I am a decent drvier and decent with an iron, and around the green im best in my game, but once i get their my putting is horrible! I cant read a green and i cant tell the speed at all. I 1-putt maybe once in a round, 2-putt maybe 5, and 3 or more putt the other 12. Does the stroke stay consistant and the speed of the club change or does the club stroke go longer and the speed stay the same??? Also how to tell the break in a green??? I really need to practice for the up and coming golf season. Thanks sooooo much!

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4 Responses to "What is the key to putting and reading a green?"

1 | wbaker777

September 7th, 2011 at 7:54 am


Speed control only comes with a lot of practice…I wish there were a magic pill I could recommend…but that’s the way it is. Reading a green is almost a science…..It also comes from just putting balls to get a feel of what the breaks will do…..What I am saying is practice. Practice. Practice.

2 | chrisarrow222

September 7th, 2011 at 7:54 am


None of the above.

On a public golf course every green is different….by the way, me too, I had a lot of trouble putting.

I think getting with a caddy or an experienced player, getting tips on reading the grass and the breaks….I had my caddy tell me the other day…downhill but against the grain of the grass…wtf…fast put but also slow?

Seriously. Take a look at the lineup…simply putting the ball straight to the hole is sometimes better than reading non -existant breaks.

The backswing…a straight, smooth backswing will ensure a straight shot.

Speed..sometimes when they are not going in (it’s really frustrating, when other players are knocking them in)….go on speed…try to put the ball near the hole rather than in..when you do that, sometimes they drop, and maybe you can aviod the dreaded 3 putt. Eg, if it’s a 20 ft left to right…you are better off keeping the ball on the the time it goes right, the ball is already moving away from the hole..keeping it might not go in..but at least it’s moving towards the hole.

3 | googie

September 7th, 2011 at 7:54 am


Reading a green is a matter of observing as you approach the surface, the topography as well as the elements which would have an affect on the putt. Is the grain with you or against you ? If the green has a sheen to it as you approach the front, the grain runs from front to back. If the green is darker in color the grain is from back to front. Is water nearby since grain has a tendency to lean toward a water source? Is the slope with you ? What degree of slope do you have from the side of the pin where the ball sits ? Will the severity of the grain effect the break of the putt ? If the practice green is similar to those in the course you should have developed a feel for speed which determines how hard or soft you must stroke your ball. If there are slight moguls on the practice green so much the better for practicing breaks.

4 | Mike

September 7th, 2011 at 7:54 am


You have 3 good answers but let me add a couple of things.
Driving, iron play and chipping are all very different than putting. Unfortunately (fortunately if you’re a good putter) putting is half the game.
I always try to read the green form a good distance away. As you walk or ride up to a green, about 50 yards away, try to get a picture of how the green breaks, how hard it breaks. As you get closer find a good line. Decide how far outside the hole to start your putt. Stick with your decision, the rest is just speed.
Any putt outside of 12 feet is a feel putt; just get it close, easy two putt. Try leaving the ball below the hole for an uphill tap in, or dive the ball into the hole. If you are a little short or a little long, high or low it shouldn’t matter it should be close. Imagine the hole five feet across.
Shorter putts, inside 12 feet, should end up 18 inches passed the hole. You’re trying to make those and you can be more aggressive.
Lastly, different courses have greens that can be at wildly different speeds. You need to practice where you play. If you play lots of different courses you need to spend at least 10 minutes putting before your round, forget the range.

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