Read the green before you even reach it.
In an article by www.pga.com, PGA Professional Rob Labritz shares a few thoughts about reading greens. He said, "Generally, people are riding golf carts on the course, this isn't going to do anything to help you read greens. If you're on a cart, you're going to pull up to the sides of the greens. You're not getting a good look at the green, straight on, from the front. I'd say you should start reading the green when you're 20 yards out. That's where you can really start to see the slope."
Read the green left to right and front to back.
Once you're 20 yards out, Rob Labritz encourages you to "start looking at the green from left to right and front to back. If you do that, the idea is that by the time you reach you're ball you already have a good idea of how the putt is going to move. If you've done your homework on the walk up to the green, you'll already know that it's pitched a certain way."
Remember, speed changes the read.
He goes on to say that surely you've been in a situation where he or she says, "hit the ball to this spot and you're golden." Labritz warns you to be cautious with taking such advice. "I'm not discounting caddies at all, but when you have one they usually point at a line and say hit it here," he said. "I appreciate them saying it'll be the line. But it's all about your speed. There are lots of lines for every putt. It's nice to get the general direction down, but it's all about speed. If you hit a putt hard, it's going to take less break. The softer you hit it, the more break it'll take."
He closes his statements by trying to simplify things a little bit. He says, "While there are probably loads of thoughts dancing through your head as you prepare to stroke your putt, there's really only one you need to remember, Labritz said. Don't overthink it."The best putters are the ones who have studied the green before they get to the ball, Once they address the putt, the mind goes blank, they think about nothing and just stroke the ball."
Learning to read the green still may not be as simple as Rob Labritz makes it sound, but hopefully learning from his approach can give you some ideas and something to build off of while trying to shave a few strokes off your game.
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