How to read greens
How a bit of homework will save you shots around the green
Cover all angles
Looking at your putt from all angles is essential in order to gain us much information about the putt as possible. Next time you play, try these ways of studying a putt from all angles.
When walking up to the green – be sure to look at the whole green for dominant slopes and undulations. Also, look at others putting, taking approach shots and chipping onto the green to see how their ball reacts from different angles.
Don't forget the grain
From the sides – this will enable you to view the length of the putt as well as the low and high points of the hole. You will be amazed how often things look very different from the side. Also this will explain the angle of the putt as well as the severity of the hole.
From the front – this will tell you gradient of the hole, in order to help judge your speed.
Look at the grain – is it towards you or against? This can play a huge part in the pace and how the ball will behave around the hole.
James Whitaker is head pro at Moor Allerton GC. Visit www.magc.co.uk or call 01132 665 209.