If you’ve ever wondered why the hottest players on tour seem to bury more long-distance putts and leave themselves fewer three-putts, the next time you watch a major tournament pay attention to their routines on the green. You’ll notice at least one thing is constant–when preparing for a sloping putt, the best putters take their time reading the green. They do their homework before stepping up to hit a putt, reading greens thoroughly each time to find the break and hone their distance.
In this video, we demonstrate why it’s so important to incorporate reading greens into your training and on-course routine. If you work on these proven tips, we guarantee your average will drop.
Reading greens to find the break
In theory, the answer to difficult sloping putts is simple: Just find the breaking point in the ball’s intended path, and get the ball to that spot. Though that sounds easy, we’ve found that a majority of amateur golfers don’t take their time in reading greens to pick out their exact target and determine their distance. This oversight leads to lengthy second putts and, out of nerves and frustration, unnecessary dropped strokes.
To help you improve your routine for reading greens, PGA Professional Joe Hallett uses a technique that you can work into your practice routine and utilize every time you assess an unstraight line. Invest the extra seconds to find your breaking point and get your speed right, and you’ll get that time back when you’re walking off the green with another one-putt to your name.
Visualization drills for reading greens
The challenge of reading greens and sinking tricky long putts is largely mental; we tend to psyche ourselves out when we stare down a hill and face a looping 45-foot putt, but PGA Professional Brad Redding demonstrates a drill that can help you better visualize the ball going into the hole so you can feel less intimidated and step up to those longer winding putts with confidence.