How to Read Greens

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7 Responses to “How to Read Greens”

  1. June 29, 2013


    What really tell you if it right to left or otherwise. I know there some slight incline or decline on either side but what do usually see or look for. Is the shading, the flow of the grains of grass or the way it was mowed. Thanks!

  2. By what I said, looking around the outside edges of the green, looking for the high spots and low spots. This really just comes from practice and experience. There is no real science to reading greens other then having small tid bits of information like I said in the tip. The “shading” is part of grain on the greens. This is typically from Bermuda grass. I will have a tip soon on Grain. Thanks.

  3. November 24, 2014


    Is plumb bobing a a reliable way to read the break?

    • November 25, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      I’ve never been one to do this. You really just have to try it and see if you like it. See any tour players doing it anymore. I can’t think of any.

  4. February 16, 2015


    Reading the green and then trying to figure out the slope AND speed always confuse me. And then there’s the grain! Ugh!

  5. Do you think that drawing a line on the golf ball and looking at that line from low behind the golf ball is a good way to line up a putt once you have determined which way you think it will break?

I will figure out the break of the putt, then generally line up the line on the golf ball to the break. Then, check it out a few times from behind to make sure its close, then when I’m over the putt I’m making my final adjustments. I don’t rely on the line on the golf ball a 100%, just because I don’t think that a line that small can be as accurate as you need it to be.

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